According to the Soap and Detergent Association, we are in the midst of National Hand Washing Awareness Week (December 3-9). Their Web site outlines the importance of washing hands, how to properly wash and how to make the task more appealing to children.

At the same time, an article that ran in DestinationGreen addresses the ongoing debate over washing with antibacterial soap vs. traditional soap and water. The article emphasizes the health effects associated with the use of antibacterial soaps, including its negative impact on the thyroid gland, which will affect body temperature and metabolism. And although adults can handle some of the affects, children should not be exposed at all.

As mentioned in the article, washing hands with soap and water is enough, except in a hospital environment. The antibacterial components were developed to kill bacteria, which is essential in a hospital.

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