Anti Bacterial Soaps: A Common Lie
Ineffective
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In 2013 the FDA asked for data showing the effectiveness of chemicals used in antibacterial soaps. Fast forward to 2016. Not much information had been provided. Nada. Nyet. Liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes using the banned chemicals show that they are no more effective than plain soap and water in illness prevention or reducing the spread of certain infections.

Forget all that research they quote on TV commercials. Apparently it is skewed research. Children from slums should be compared with other children from slums. Children from leafy suburbs using antibacterial soap should be compared with children from leafy suburbs using ordinary soaps. Comparing children from leafy suburbs using antibacterial soaps with children from slums using ordinary (or no) soap is err... not exactly scientific research.
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Actually harmful
If the only reason was ineffectiveness, perhaps it wouldn’t have been such a big deal. Enter the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). The agency is considering banning some of the same chemicals from pesticides. Research indicates that use of triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Bad news, if you have been following medical news. Bacterial resistant to antibiotics form superbugs which require expensive antibiotics to manage.

The false security provided by antibacterial soaps has also been cited as a health risk. It's better to know you are not protected rather than assuming you are protected when you aren't. Something like that. In scientific words of course.
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