Probiotic Cleaners, Airbiotics, are on the Rise as FDA Bans Triclosan from Consumer Products

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Airbiotics' probiotic cleaning formulas will find new ground as new rule issued by the FDA mandates the removal of Triclosan and Triclocarban from antibacterial consumer products.

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We are excited the FDA has finally taken action to have these harmful chemicals removed from consumer products and inform the public about the dangers of alcohol-based and antibacterial formulas that can lead to health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced the removal of Triclosan and Triclocarban in antibacterial and antimicrobial hand soaps and body washes. These are two similar antibacterial chemicals that are found in multiple consumer products such as soaps, gels, toothpastes, cosmetics and other consumer care products. Laboratory tests of the chemicals have shown to disrupt sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone, which can lead to the development of breast and prostate cancer.

Earlier this year the FDA came forward with news about ethanol alcohol-based hand sanitizers. The announcement stated that the use of sanitizers made up of 60% alcohol can cause health risks since our skin begins to absorb the alcohol and can show effects in children that consistently begin using the sanitizers over as well as women who are breast feeding.

The argument of the active ingredients, such as Triclosan in liquid and Triclocarban in bar soaps, in antibacterial soaps dates back to December 2013 when a proposed rule mandated manufacturers to provide the FDA with proof that their hand soaps were safe for long-term daily use.

After not being able to provide specific data that the ingredients were safe to use over time, nor more effective than plain soap and water, the final rule from the FDA is to remove hand and body soaps that include one or more of 19 active ingredients. Manufacturers will have one year to remove their products from the market or remake their formula without the active ingredients.

Probiotic cleaners, such as Airbiotics, have become a widespread alternative to the products that contain these harmful active ingredients. Airbiotics, an all-natural and ecofriendly line of cleaning products patented the solution StaBiotics™, a formula that uses beneficial probiotics to balance bad bacteria.

“We are excited the FDA has finally taken action to have these harmful chemicals removed from consumer products and inform the public about the dangers of alcohol-based and antibacterial formulas that can lead to health risks. It is important to know that there are other cleaning solutions available without chemicals. Probiotic cleaners are healthy cleaning alternatives that not only get a deeper clean but also benefit our health and well-being as a whole,” CEO of Airbiotics, Robert Meirovich.

Three additional ingredients, benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride and chloroxylenol are now under consideration for removal. Rulemaking will be deferred for one year to see if they comply as Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective ingredients, (GRAS/GRAE).

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About Airbiotics
Airbiotics is a line of eco-friendly products that use an all-natural probiotic formula in order to create a healthier, safer and more balanced indoor environment at home and on-the-go. Our StaBiotic™ formula infuses indoor air with probiotics that work to remove unhealthy allergens and pathogens without the use of harsh chemicals.

The line of products is clinically and dermatologist tested to be all natural and non-gmo, hypoallergenic, biodegradable and food-grade.

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