Is cleanliness harming our children?

It seems we’re not the only ones who think the Dettol No-Touch Soap Dispenser is bordering on ridiculous. It has long been suspected that children who are not allowed to get grubby and who are constantly sterilised never get the opportunity to have their immune systems develop and strengthen on their own.

We read a cute article on The Punch about this very subject today. The ‘hygiene hypothesis’ has been talked about for quite some time, there are no hard clear facts for or against it. However, a recent study by the University of Michigan has linked the use of triclosan, a chemical used in anti-bacterial soaps, with allergies.

The American Cleaning Institute, (who’s members no doubt would lose their livelihood if we all stopped buying their products), were quick to point out this wasn’t conclusive proof. This multi-million dollar industry prays on people’s fears, and it’s sad to say, but these fears could potentially be harming our kids instead of helping them.

If you’re at all concerned, just wash your kids hands with normal every day chemical free soaps and if they eat a bit of dirt, it could actually be helping boost their immune system!



Joanne is the owner & founder of Shop Naturally. She is a Holistic Health Coach and studying the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine.

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