Antibacterial Cleaning Products (all brands/companies) Informative - Inundation of Antibacterial / Sanitizers

Review by sgvmikela on 2007-09-25
HOMES AROUND THE WORLD! -- Let's start this off right. I'm 31 years old. I was raised in the 80's and early 90's.

My mother never really used 'antibacterial cleaners' or 'hard surface sanitizers', she used plain old Windex and/or plain old 409 on the kitchen counters, stove and the breakfast and dining room tables.

She used good old fashioned lemon oil on the coffee tables and pine sol on the tiled floors.

So why is there this sudden surge in Antibacterial wipes, sprays, etc? I must say, Lysol Hard Surface Sanitizing Spray is nothing but THINNED OUT BLEACH! Why not just spray chlorinated tap water on it. It should do the same thing! They claim that is no more harmful than water!!!

If you have generally good kitchen cleanliness and handwashing skills, you don't need all these additional chemicals in your house.

I played in the dirt, played in sand boxes, had a dog and generally was just a kid. I got dirty, took a bath and washed my hands and that was that.

I didn't have "bedtime bath" scented lotions and soaps, which just plays into the emotions of tired, over-stressed parents of newborn children.

Why has the world become obsessed with their kids being clean?

They need to get dirty, get sick, and get better! Otherwise they will never build up any sort of natural antibodies to infection, and lead to become sickly adults. There is a difference in being clean, and sterilizing everything. I use the same cleaning principles as my mom used, washing up after I cook, washing my hands with REGULAR soap, not that antibacterial stuff on everybody's kitchen counter.

Just keep yourself clean. Let your kids play in the dirt, let them roll around in the grass. Let the kids, be kids! Don't shelter them in a bubble. Let em run, eat dirt, make mud pies! It's great learning experiences for 'em!
Comments:10 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-09-25
Posted by leopard on 2007-09-25:
I agree with you, sgv, all these parents today are raising kids who will grow up to be germophobes. here's to the mud and egg pies and lead paint toys of yesteryear!!! I'm still kickin'!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-25:
The biggest pain is trying to find cleaners without the anti-bacterial additives in the store.

Besides, the fastfood junk they are feeding their kids will kill them sooner than any germ will.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-25:
I go out of my way to buy *non* antibacterial cleaners.

Unfortunately, the manufacturers of these products shove ads down our throats telling us what horrible/dirty parents we are, if we don't use their products.

What a load of hooey!
Posted by S. on 2007-09-25:
I do use hand sanitizer from time to time, mostly during the winter months,when my son was on chemo,and my daughter uses it on her hands when she tests her glucose levels. but as for all the anitbacterial soaps and cleaners, I don't go for it. All soap is antibacterial
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2007-09-25:
I agree completely. I grew up on a farm and used to be a tomboy. I played with all the creepy crawly critters, cats, dogs, frogs, bugs, cows, horses, dirty pigs, goats and all other farm animals. I used to run through the cow patties in the field, drank from a bucket in the well where I would get the occasional flying piece of protein. I had the regular bedtime bath and washed my hands. My parents and grandparents didn't use any kind of antibacterial anything except for the occasional surface cleaner. I got hurt, sick and got better and I'm still around. I try to raise my kids in the same environment, although I do use surface cleaner to clean with.

The point that I am trying to make here is that there is one day going to be a virus or a germ that is going to make everyone sick and it is going to be mostly the people that use all these sanitizers that get sick. They are not going to have any immunities to protect themselves with. There bodies are not going to be able to protect themselves because they have never been exposed to anything.

Does anyone here remember Steven Kings book/movie "The Stand"? Well, all those people that got sick and died probably were either germophobes or used hand sanitizers and antibacterial everything and there bodies had no immunities towards the virus. I'm not saying that is the reason but it is possible what could happen down the line, god forbid.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-25:
Good post. I've read that by using all the antibacterial products, people are actually setting themselves up for disease because their body defenses aren't able to build up the proper immunity to germs. The natural products are best. I actually use vinegar to do most of my cleaning--it's cheap and does a great job on most things. Put it into a spray bottle and away you go. My scrubber sponge helps too. One more vinegar tip I love--If you have weeds in outdoor areas where you won't be growing plants; i.e., driveways, walkways, try putting vinegar on them. The weeds die and will not return for quite some time--possibly a year or more. I do this all the time and it works great. Saves you money and, more importantly, the environment.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-25:
Excellent post!

Although I do have to admit that I am slightly addicted to hand sanitizer. :)
Posted by Starlord on 2007-09-25:
Like Redhead, I grew up on a farm in southern Indiana, and I feel it made me healthier than kids are today. I saw a commercial on TV recently that said that clean kids were healthy kids. Baloney! I recently saw a George Carlin show, and he addressed this current fixation with antibacterial this and not letting kids have dogs, etc. He stated when he was a kid, he swam in the East River. Most people understand that statement, but for those who don't, the East River in New York basically amounts to an open cesspool. Today's mothers would be horrified of even going near it. Kids need to be exposed to germs, without that, their immune systems will not develop, and they will be sickly adults.
Posted by D on 2007-09-25:
It's like my Mom always said.."you'll eat a pound of dirt before you grow up"!!!

Fact is, that using plain soap and water just allows germs to literally slide off of the body...
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-25:
You miss the worst part of this trend... it isn't killing off all these germs, it kills off MOST of them, but the hardy, really nasty ones are the ones left to multiply and become even more dangerous.

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