Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating General Science Now hand sanitizer is under attack

  • OldPerry

    June 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Why wouldn’t the concern be the useless receipts that contain BPA?

  • belassi

    June 18, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Maybe the manufacturers who make the BPA paper have paid more congressmen than the hand sanitizer people?

  • Chirag

    June 19, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Does it happen in extreamly axcess use of hand senitizer ?

  • Bill_Toge

    June 19, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    in the absence of any actual dosage or exposure figures, this whole video is pretty meaningless

    also, I like the way they misspelt “bisphenol” on one of the cards

  • The_Microbiologist

    June 20, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Wow there is a lot of misinformation in that segment for how short it is.  I would have expected a lot better from the Discovery Channel. 

    First, we don’t “…all know that hand sanitizer is bad for you.”  The last time I checked it was great for killing pathogenic bacteria on hands when soap and water isn’t available.  I’ll take a little BPA over some O157:H7 E. coli any day.

    Second, the active ingredient in hand sanitizers is usually ethanol, sometimes quaternary ammoniums, but hardly ever Triclosan.  It is pretty obvious that she has hand sanitizer confused with antibacterial hand soap for consumers (which is essentially dead as a category now thanks to recent - and appropriate - FDA action).

    Third, it’s not like Triclosan kills good bacteria but leaves antibiotic resistant bacteria alone. It kills both categories equally and therefore doesn’t select for one over the other.  If one were to use “Triclosan Hand Soap” their hands wouldn’t be crawling with MRSA 5 minutes later or a month later, for that matter.

    What a joke that clip was.  It’s a shame it’s passed off as scientific news.

  • David

    June 20, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    It is funny that she claims bisphenol “imitates our hormones” - are we under alien control?

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