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FDA: Antibacterial Scrubs Might Be Worse Than Plain Soap

Health & Wellness  (tags: anti-bacterial soaps, safety, health, risks, news, interesting )

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Antibacterial soaps are not proven to be more effective than plain soap and water and might have some negative side-effects, the FDA said Monday. It is calling for an investigation.

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Janis K (126)
Monday December 16, 2013, 3:55 pm

Anne F (17)
Monday December 16, 2013, 4:15 pm
soap and water - taking your time and scrubbing your hands - this is what works.

Roseann d (178)
Monday December 16, 2013, 4:30 pm
As usual, thanks for too little, too late, FDA. Always behind the curve. How about investigating before approving. This crap has only been on the marketing for how many years??? Ironic how the people I know that use this stuff are always the ones that are sick most often.

Sue H (7)
Monday December 16, 2013, 5:20 pm
About time they caught up with reality.

Jason S (50)
Monday December 16, 2013, 7:06 pm
Good posting, thanks

Michael O (176)
Monday December 16, 2013, 8:43 pm
Soap and water is sufficient. We don't need to use harsh antibacterials to simply wash our hands - all that will do is breed superbugs. Save antibiotics for when they're really needed.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 16, 2013, 9:26 pm
FDA? O_o

I have switced to antibacterial soap on tap, AUSSIE MADE, and it ROCKS!

Past Member (0)
Monday December 16, 2013, 9:28 pm
If you're Diabetic like me, you need more than soap & water.
You don't know what it's like, having fingertips that are like blood spouts. :-/

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 12:50 am
I thought we knew this.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 6:11 am
Duh, thanks

. (0)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 6:12 am
Very informative. Thanks for sharing, Cal.

Les M (3)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 7:17 am
i went thru the antibacterial soap phase when they first came out but it didn't last long. as long as you wash your hands well with regular soap, you're fine. and you don't have to use HOT water. for the hot water to be effective, it would scald you. if your still worried about germs, use an alcohol wipe with at least 70% alcohol in it. that's what i use when i can't wash my hands in public.

Rhonda B (106)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 7:19 am
I'm not surprised. Just use warm water and soap.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 9:58 am
Sometimes plain old soap and warm water are the best. Simplicity reigns supreme. Thanks Cal.

Joanne D (38)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 1:21 pm
Oh, good, somebody noticed.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 1:34 pm
It breaks down in water and sunlight into forms of dioxins and it is now being found in the sediments of our lakes and streams.

S S (0)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 1:40 pm
Thank you.

Stardust Noel (38)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 1:47 pm
Saw this on TV, my doctor always says " good old soap & water " is the best to wash your hands, & wounds also.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 3:24 pm
Never bought it.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 5:43 pm
I use hand sanitizer with alcohol.

It works.

Poison control told me that soap doesn't do anything to kill germs. They said it's rubbing the hands together that kills the germs.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 7:55 pm
One got along without it for ages.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 9:30 pm
Good information. I read years ago that antibacterial soaps were harmful. Thanks cal

Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 9:36 pm
Roseann, the problem is not as simple as your blame game. Until now, and the change is still under way, "Soaps" have always been listed as Cosmetics. Under the F&D C Act, Food and Drug Cosmetic Act, "cosmetic products and ingredients", with the exception of color additives, are EXEMPT from FDA per-marketing approval and require justification for intervention. Drugs on the other hand do require either NDA(New Drug Approval) or OTCRD(Over The Counter Drug Review) prior to marketing. The FDA is now working to change the anti-bacteria soaps from being listed as "cosmetics" to being listed as "drugs". And sweetie you can bet that the anti-regulation Repug/Tea Bagged are going to have fits trying to protect the profits of their Corporate owners.
The fact is that soap simply removes bacteria from the body, the antibacterial soaps have the nasty effect of killing off the weaker bacteria and promoting the stronger more antibacterial resistant bacteria. In short antibacterial soaps actually speed up the process of creating antibacterial resistant strains. But that is going to interfere with free market profit making for a multi-billion dollar industry and that is going to have lobbyists infecting the halls of Congress.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 4:24 am

Winn A (179)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 7:28 am
I don't use it

Ondine J (134)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 1:09 pm
Noted with no surprise at all,thanks

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 5:32 pm
Thanks Cal, seems like everyone except for the FDA knew this.

Marianne R (95)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 7:51 pm
I read years ago that antibacterial soaps were harmful. . Seems like plain old soap and warm water are the best

Rhonda B (106)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 3:19 am
Thank You!

Kathy B (106)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 7:54 am
Strange way to word the headline, like good old soap could be worse than a chemical?

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 5:44 pm
No kidding.

Tanya Selth (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 12:58 am

Melania Padilla (122)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:48 pm
I just donīt use antibacterial soap, thanks for posting!
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