Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Plain Soap Kills Germs as Well as Antibacterial Soap


I was surprised at the results from researchers at University of Michigan School of Public Health that found the effectiveness of plain ole' soap is as good as antibacterial products at killing bacteria.

Soaps, detergents and other "antibacterial" products that contained triclosan were no better than plain soap for preventing infections. Washing your hands is very important for preventing the spread of infections, especially after using the toilet (duh!), changing a baby or handling raw foods, but plain soap does the trick.

Apparently these results are not new news. An FDA advisory panel looked at the effectiveness of antibacterial products in 2005 and concluded regular soap was just as effective. Who knew?

7 comments:

K said...

Triclosan has the added "benefit" of being impervious to regular water reclamation methods, and so gets into the wild, so to speak, fairly easily. It's more than likely toxic to sealife. I've stopped using my SoftSoap in favor of regular soap when washing my hands because of this.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure the study said soap 'kills' germs? I thought it just removed them, not killed them.

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