In a survey of 1,400 customers in five major U.S. cities, a survey found that most people would recommend at least one of two types of detergent: the most popular one is the antibacterial detergents.
The second is the hypoallermic detergent.
This year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it is investigating whether the two detergens are actually safe for people to use.
Both are antibacterial, but one has been linked to more than a dozen deaths and has also been linked with a spike in the deaths of babies.
According to the CPSC, there are currently four types of antibacterial soap: the first is a synthetic one made by a chemical company that is not certified for use in a house, and is often sold as the best antibacterial one.
The other two are made from petroleum-based or hydrogenated vegetable oils that have been made to be antibacterial.
The CPSC’s announcement also revealed that the three major brands of antibacterials on the market are made by the following companies: Alcon, Anheuser-Busch InBev, and Procter & Gamble.
But the consumer group Consumers Union noted that a “large number of the antibacterial soap manufacturers in the United States are not accredited by the CPSCs standards.”
A CPSC spokesperson told Ars that the agency was looking into whether there is enough information to be able to determine if these detergends were safe.
They said they were also working with other government agencies to determine whether the products have been linked in any way to any outbreaks.
This year marks the fourth year that the CPSS has released its data on antibacterial chemicals in soap and detergences.
In 2017, there were 1,939,074 antibacterial chemical exposures in the U.K., and in 2016 there were 665,064.
The most common chemicals identified in the 2017 data are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is found in many cleaning products; benzene, which is a byproduct of perfluoroalkyl products; and isopropyl alcohol, which the CPSs said is the most common ingredient in detergives.