studies have shown that regular soap is just as effective as
anti-bacterial soap, and with a new study published in the
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, researchers in Korea
are contributing more data to support that claim. They tested
regular and anti-bacterial soaps against 20 strains of
bacteria in a lab, as well as on people's dirty hands. The
conclusions state: Antibacterial soap containing triclosan
(0.3%) was no more effective than plain soap at reducing
bacterial contamination when used under "real-life"
not involved with the study, Mayo Clinic infectious diseases
specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says, "The amount of
unnecessary antibacterial use has contributed to worldwide
problems of antibiotic resistance, and anti-bacterial soaps do
not appear to be any more effective than regular soaps."
Dr. Tosh adds, "As such, with no clear benefit and the
risk of contributing to an ongoing problem, there is likely no
role for antibiotic soaps in routine use."