Antibacterial Soap

Washing your hands is the number one way to prevent the spread of infectious illness. This is especially critical after using the toilet, changing the baby, handling raw foods, working at your desk, or shaking hands. But, are antibacterial soaps better for this than other soaps.

Researchers at U-M’s School of Public Health reviewed 27 studies that examined the effectiveness and safety of antibacterial soaps containing triclosan. Detergents that used the word “antibacterial” on their labels were also included in the studies. Alcohol-based hand gels were excluded.

According to researchers at the University of Michigan, Antibacterial soaps aren’t any better than ordinary soaps for washing away germs. They also warn that antibacterial soaps may have the unwanted side effect of promoting antibiotic resistance in users.

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