This Myth of a Germ Free World article is a dense but interesting look at some of the work being done to evaluate potential problems with the current craze for antibacterial soaps in our homes. I’ve long felt that this obsession with killing ‘all known germs’ etc is a terrible idea. Not only is it a futile exercise, but surely we’re at risk of breeding super bugs from the survivors? Worth a read.
But are these antimicrobial chemicals, as commonly used by people across the nation, really safe for human health and the environment? More pointedly, do they even work? According to associate professor Rolf Halden, of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, the answer to these questions is an emphatic “No.”