your hands is one of the simplest ways to prevent the spread
of disease, and you donít need more than simple soap and
water to do so.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says there isnít enough
science to show that over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are
better at preventing illness than washing with soap and water.
Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh
agrees, stating, "There is no evidence that adding
antibacterial material to products have any improvement in the
detergentís effect of the soap."
appears as though the addition of anti-bacterial material to
soap is marketing only," says Tosh. "On top of that,
we are running into issues internationally of
multi-drug-resistant organisms, and the more antibiotics we
use, the more we are contributing to the growing issue of
antibiotic drug resistance. We have a product that has not
shown to have any benefits over regular soap, and has
potential harm in perpetuating multi-drug-resistant
soaps, sometimes called antimicrobial or antiseptic soaps,
often contain triclosan. Research shows the compound may alter
hormone regulation in animals, contribute to the development
of antibiotic-resistant germs, and harm the immune system.
says some over-the-counter consumer products can not be
marketed. These include liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar
soaps, and body washes, which contain the majority of the
antibacterial active ingredients with triclosan and
triclocarban. The bottom line: The next time you reach for the
soap to wash your hands, keep it simple, and use soap and