Antibacterial Soap: Is It More Effective Than Plain Soap?

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Jan 05, 2014

We’ve all heard the saying, “a little dirt don’t hurt”. And with all the reports coming out about the importance of being exposed to healthy bacteria, soaps and body washes that claim to be antibacterial have raised some questions whether they really get us cleaner and whether we should constantly scrub the bacteria away.

CNN reports about a recent statement made by the FDA in regards to the benefits of using anti-bacterial brand soaps. The statement reads, “Millions of Americans use antibacterial hand soap and body wash products. Although consumers generally view these products as effective tools to help prevent the spread of germs, there is currently no evidence that they are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.” The FDA adds, “Further, some data suggest that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products -- for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) -- could post health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.”

The FDA is proposing that antibacterial soap manufacturers be required to prove that they are more effective that just using plain soap and water. Products like hand sanitizers, wipes and antibacterial products in hospital settings will not be affected by the new rule.

What do you think about the FDA’s proposal to require antibacterial soap manufacturers to prove they are more effective than plain soap?

Do you think antibacterial soap is more effective?


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