Is Antibacterial Soap Better?

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There’s always a flip side to everything, even a bar of soap: using antibacterial soap that contains triclosan or triclocarban (found in most soaps labelled “antibacterial” and “antimicrobial”) may outweigh its benefits long-term, found a new study. Researchers say there’s no evidence that these products are better at preventing illness than plain soap and water. And these ingredients may also carry health risks, such as hormone disruption and antibiotic resistance. This year the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) agency proposed a rule that will require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to show that their products are more effective in preventing disease than plain soap and water, and are safe for long-term use. If they can’t prove that their products are more effective, they would have to reformulate and relabel the products to stay on the market. These do no apply to hand sanitisers, hand wipes, or antibacterial soaps used in healthcare settings. In another study, they found that Men Are Less Likely To Wash Their Hands.

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