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Antibacterial Soap: Safe Suds or Snake Oil?

Health & Wellness  (tags: healthconditions, environment, health, healthcare, triclosan, antibacterial soaps, disease, Body-Mind-Spirit, abuse )

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The main ingredient in many antibacterial soaps is not only useless, it's bad for you

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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:12 am
> it's bad for you
AND it's very bad for the environment ... so , go BUY tenpacks thereof !

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:44 am
Just figures. Any gimmick to boost sales , doesn't matter if it is bad for you , as long as you THINK it is good!!

Sue H (7)
Monday December 10, 2012, 8:53 am
Snake Oil for sure.

Nancy C (806)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:41 pm
I work in personal care retail. When asked, I educate consumers. I sell alot of Dr Bronners!

pam w (139)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:40 pm
WAYYYYYY overused! I see mothers at the zoo practically DROWN little kids in this stuff. How will they EVER develop an immune system?

janet f (29)
Monday December 10, 2012, 5:12 pm
For god's sake people, a few germs won't kill you or your children. And they might even be good for you by building up your immune system. All these neurotic parents are trying to keep their kids in a sterile bubble. This is just overkill

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday December 10, 2012, 5:35 pm
As I am not on a sewerage system, I have to be careful that ANYTHING I use is NOT anti bacterial as it would ruin my "Septic" waste disposal system. The Bacteria in my tanks is needed to digest the waste.The same applies to any rubbish you put into your own municipal sewers.

Generally I use "Pears" soap or the old fashioned "Sunlight" bars. Must be O K I am in my mid eighties and still the handsome fellow I was sixty years ago, as long as I don't look in the mirror.

David C (131)
Monday December 10, 2012, 5:40 pm
i gave up antibacterial soap a long time ago....good handwashing with any soap will do according to cdc and supporting research...

Sheila D (28)
Monday December 10, 2012, 7:35 pm
Even without Triclosan, antibacterial soap isn't any better than regular soap, and obviously can be a lot worse. I avoid everything labeled "antibacterial", as I believe all bacteria isn't bad and we need some to develop immunities. Like in "War of the Worlds", if we don't take measures to become immune to our planet, it will kill us.

Susanne R (235)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:16 pm
Very informative article! With the continuing development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (super bugs), it doesn't make sense to tempt fate! If regular hand soap is as effective as soap that contains Triclosan, why not just use the regular soap? I wondered why bacteria hasn't become resistant to alcohol --which has been around I looked it up and learned that alcohol destroys cell membranes --and so does boiling. Alcohol wipes are a much better choice!

John B (185)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:11 pm
Thanks Cal for the link. Have never used that type of soap. Regular soap and 3 minute wash is all you need. Read and noted.

reft h (66)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:45 pm
You have to really watch what your buying, and read the ingredients... shopping takes longer now because of all the junk I'm trying to avoid. Just regular soap works fine.

Missy O (8)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 6:07 am
Anti baterial soap and such are more hamrfull then good, 1 its no point as long as you use reagular soap and water to clean your hands, 2 it makes the jerms more resistant to antibiotics so its really making matters worse.. (could write loads about that topic.. ) 3 its harmful for the more and more frigal inverioment..

however I use alhol to sterialce my hands when its needed in my job but that I put on after I clean my hands and it vaporice.. its part of proceder in the nursing homes..


Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:44 am
Triclosan aside, antibacterial anything from hand sanitizers to soaps are worse than just toxic they are the leading cause for the massive spike in MDRS, Multiple Drug Resistant Strains, they only kill off the weaker leaving the stronger more resistant behind to multiply. And when one couples that with the abuse, over use and improper use of OTC and prescription antibiotics one is left with a war on infections that only promotes more bacterial strains that are more virulent and require the use of stronger and stronger antibiotics. And some of them are nearly as nasty as the infection. I spent 13 days in the hospital for cellulitis, most likely a complication from my cancer treatments, the IV Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) actually begins to break down the lining of the veins. Think about it we have and are creating bacterial strains that require antibiotics that are so strong that they can actually dissolve our blood vessels.

Amber Laverack (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 5:46 pm
Bad for you and bad for the environment!

Anne K (139)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 6:20 pm
I take my own soap to work (cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly). I always avoid triclosan.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 12:35 pm

Melania Padilla (122)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 2:18 pm
Mmmmm thanks for posting

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 3:59 pm
Snake oil! If you want to be healthy wash your hands and stay out of hospitals.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 8:59 pm
Noted, thanks.

Bonnie B. (0)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 2:13 am
Thank you for posting this, Cal! Definitely Snake oil! And venomous snake oil at that. This stuff is SO bad and I agree, one of the stupidest ideas humans have come up with, on a par with putting antibiotics into our food supply. I, too, avoid it as much as I can, but it is not always listed in ingredients. It's even put in things like paper towels (which I don't use) and toilet paper (that's more difficult to avoid.) Mother Nature doesn't need to lift a finger to get rid of the human race, we'll kill ourselves!

Karen R (87)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 5:20 am

Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:17 pm

Roseann d (178)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:40 pm
Everyone I know that uses that stuff is sick all the time.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 9:13 pm
Snake oil Cheers

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday December 14, 2012, 11:08 pm
Way back when these anti~bacterial soaps came out, Marilyn Vos Savant(Ask Marilyn) had big concerns about what they would do to our environment and our health. After that, I went to regular soap and a few more germs........

Noted, Thank you Cal.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:33 am
I just use soap, but in public restrooms it's what available.

Angelus S (119)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:42 am
Most products on the market are snake oil. Or many of them are extremely low cost old tricks repackaged. A simple deglosser for paint for example, is corn starch and water. If you buy a deglosser at a home improvement center, it runs $7-8 per quart. Think of all the junk you have in your house of products you bought that failed to perform.

Les M (3)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 2:52 pm
i've heard for several years that as long as you wash your hands properly, there's no reason for anti-bacterial soap.
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