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Chapter 9: Antibacterial Soap

Posted by Cristy Chuparkoff on April 21, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Is antibacterial soap more effective than regular soap at killing germs? 

The FDA responded to this question in 2013 after their research concluded that consumers were paying a premium for "antibacterial" products without getting any added benefit. Washing hands with "antibacterial" soap is no more effective than regular soap at killing germs. Additionally, potential risks have been associated with long-term use of "antibacterial" products, including the antibiotic resistance and possible hormone disruption. 

I did find one potential benefit from a 1997 study that showed one "antibacterial" agent, triclosan, did have some benefits in the prevention of gingivitis. There may be other benefits I am not aware of. We have antibacterial soap at INHE so I wonder if they are aware of any. I have sent an email to get Antonio's thoughts on this question. 




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