Experts: Antibacterial Soap Could Be Dangerous
The soap's ingredients also cause bacterial resistance. This means the antibacterial ingredients actually make it harder to kill bacteria over time.
Triclosan and other antibacterial ingredients do not kill all the bacteria we thought they did. This leads to contamination of bacteria when we touch surfaces.
We think our hands are clean, but in fact they are not. When we touch our food, our children, our patients, we are spreading bacteria.
Triclosan is not killing the bacteria we encounter, so the surviving bacteria breeds resistance into future generations.
Bacterial resistance is a serious problem, especially if you work in a hospital or doctor's office. It is also serious if you are a caregiver for someone with a compromised immunity.
So what should you use (even in a public health setting)?
Believe it or not, washing with good old-fashioned soap is the solution. Regular hand and body soap, if used with water and for the right amount of time (two times through the "Happy Birthday" song), kills most bacteria on the surfaces of your hands.
And if water isn't available, alcohol-based hand gels are effective (but not as effective as soap and water).
Be ahead of the curve, doctors, nurses, and caregivers. Talk to your staff about cutting out the Triclosan.
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