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Would you stink like Brad Pitt to protect your family from the chemicals in soap?

by , 29 October 2013

Nominated as the World Sexiest Man Alive twice, it's a shock to discover that Brad Pitt “'stinks like a sheepdog”. This after the hunky actor gave up soap because he's unhappy with the ingredients that usually make up the cleaning agent, reports All4Women. But is Pitt crazy? Or is he right on the money? Read this article to decide…

Angelina Jolie thinks her fiancé “STINKS!”. This after he started using a substance he makes himself, which contains water, apple cider vinegar and lemons, instead of soap.

How did it happen?

Well, “Brad says he's read up on the toxins of soap - especially the antibacterial ones - and feels that using them and antiperspirants is not only bad for the planet, but it also speeds up the aging process in humans," reports All4Women.

While Jolie may hate his smell, we applaud Pitt.

After all, earlier this year, the FDA revealed that “the germ-killing ingredient found in an estimated 75 percent of antibacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the U.S. – is ineffective, or worse, harmful”.

But it’s not just antibacterial soaps you should worry about…

Common chemicals present in soap can cause skin problems, eye irritations and even hormone issues

According to Going Green Cheap and Easy: Sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) and its cousin sodium laureth sulphate are used for their foaming ability. That’s why you tend to find them in products that require a ‘suds’ effect like soaps, shampoos and toothpastes.

This ingredient can be highly irritating to your eyes and skin and can even lead to the breakdown of skin.

In addition, these chemicals potentially mimic oestrogen in the system and this can throw your hormones off-balance. They’re also known mutagens, meaning they have the potential to alter cells. When used in toothpaste, it can lead to canker sores too.

So before you buy another soap think of Brad Pitt and check the ingredient list for sodium laurel sulphate (generally listed as is, or sometimes disguised with keywords that include ‘sodium’ and ‘sulphate’). If you find them on your favourite bar, avoid it! Your health and your family, will thank you.

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