Does antibacterial soap work better? Nope:

Studies show that more than 70 percent of liquid hand soaps sold are now labeled antibacterial, and Americans seem increasingly willing to pay a premium for them.

But the truth is that most consumers may not always be getting what they think they are. Over the years, studies have repeatedly shown that antibacterial soaps are no better than plain old soap and water.

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  • Anonymous

    I admit I usually buy the anti-bacterial softsoap for handwashing. But that’s only because I like the little plastic sea-urchin floating in the transparent bottle.

  • Jon Mikel, M.D.

    It is always better to scrub your hands with a regular soap.
    (I’m not talking about surgical handwash)

  • Phil

    My friend’s college biology professor says antibacterial soaps promote bacterial resistance. Is there any truth to this?

  • MedSleuth

    In our ever-increasing germophobic society, this information will never go anywhere with consumers. There is even some speculation that some hospitals may be better off trying to allow a little friendly bacteria to hang around in the hope that resistance can be slowed. I use only regular soap in my household and keep a bleach-based cleaner in the kitchen for cleaning up after meat preparation. That’s it.

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