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Antibacterial Soap: Not Quite So Antibacterial

Filed Under: Personal Care at 9:26 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Grandpa’s SoapWhen you are at the store in need of soap, which product do you pick? Is it the plain soap or the one with “antibacterial” emblazoned across its packaging? I’m willing to bet you choose the latter. After all, it’s antibacterial. Clearly, it’s better for you. I mean, they wouldn’t put “antibacterial” on it if it weren’t going to do a little something more than the regular product. Would they? No, of course not. At least, that’s what you tell yourself as you fish the extra dollar from your wallet. You’re paying more for more. But the truth is you aren’t.

A study conducted by the University of Michigan, School of Public Health compared the effectiveness of antibacterial soap to regular soap.  What they found was little difference. Antibacterial soap prevented no more and no less infectious illnesses. It was exactly the same. And when the amount of bacteria eliminated during washing was measured, the results were, once again, the same. There is no difference between antibacterial soap and plain soap. Well, no, that’s not true. There is a difference, an ingredient: triclosan. Triclosan is the main active ingredient in most commercial soaps and detergents; it is the reason for the “antibacterial” label. And as I’ve already said, it doesn’t alter the soap in any positive way . . .  but what about negative? There is no conclusive evidence; however preliminary studies suggest that triclosan may contribute to drug-resistant bacteria.  Common antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, which is used to treat pneumonia, bronchitis, gonorrhea and various infections,  could be rendered useless. So what should you do?

First, remember that the negative effects of triclosan are just theory. They haven’t been proven, yet. If you would rather buy antibacterial instead of plain soap, there’s no definitive harm. There’s also no definitive benefit, which means you should consider your wallet before your next purchase. Plain soap works just as well and generally costs less. But if you still want that little something more, consider soap products from manufacturers’, such as Grandpa’s Soap Company. Triclosan-free and full of recognizable ingredients, Grandpa’s Soap Company has something to satisfy every skin need. If you’ve overdone the time in the sun and your skin is dry and chapped, try Patchouli Soap with Aloe Vera. For sensitive skin, opt for Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Soap. And if you’re simply looking for an all-natural, scentless cleanser, test out the Baking Soda Soap. You’ll be fresh, clean and confident that you’re getting what you paid for.

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One Response to “Antibacterial Soap: Not Quite So Antibacterial”

  1. Concept Hygiene says:

    Using anti bacterial soap is very essential. That’s why it is highly recommended to have them anywhere in your house so as to avoid any diseases. However, there have been many brands of anti bacterial soap which are being manufactured nowadays, and it’s confusing me whether all of these are stating fact about its product. I would appreciate if you would discuss in here this topic. Thank you again for this very informational post you have shared with us. It has greatly helped me alot to better understand anti bacterial soaps.

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