Get the dirt on antibacterial soap

Antibacterial soap sure sounds like a great idea. Who doesn't want to kill the germs that cause disease?

So most people don't even think twice about washing their hands with it... washing the dishes with it ... and even showering with it.

But the dirty secret about antibacterial soap is an ingredient called triclosan -- a dangerous chemical, technically a pesticide, that has the power to slip between your skin cells and into your body.

It's so dangerous that even the do-nothing regulators at the FDA are finally getting ready to regulate it -- some 40+ years after first being ordered by Congress to take action.

This being the FDA, however, the process is expected to take at least two more years.

Don't wait; Put your own triclosan ban in place today -- because this stuff is far more dangerous than anyone at the FDA will admit.

Triclosan has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, or the natural protection that keeps many toxins out of your brain.

Triclosan passes through it like a hot knife through butter -- and once inside, it can block signals between brain and muscle, according to animal studies. Triclosan can also damage the thyroid, disrupt hormone production and even reduce heart function.

There are two steps you can take right now to protect yourself and your family (not to mention any houseguests who use your soap).

First, go on a hunt throughout your home and remove all antibacterial soap, including dish soap, hand soap and body wash.

The new FDA rules will apply only to soaps, but don't stop there.

Triclosan -- and its equally dangerous sister chemical, tricloban -- are also found in everything from cosmetics to deodorants to toothpastes and more. Read all labels carefully, especially if says "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial."

If you have doubt, throw it out.

And second, remember the single best way to make sure you're not infected with disease-causing germs is to wash your hands with plain old soap and warm water.

Nothing fancy, but you do have to wash up the right way -- and believe it or not, most people manage to get it wrong. Odds are, you might even be one of them.

Learn the right way to wash your hands and keep yourself free of bacteria and other germs with this free report from my House Calls archives.