December 17, 2013
There Is No Proof that Antibacterial Soap Is Better than Regular Soap, FDA Says

There are certain phrases that stick in your head for years, for seemingly no reason. One of these for me is from a book called Germs! Germs! Germs! that I think we read in kindergarten. One page said, “Hot soapy water—what a curse!” and pictured some disgruntled germs fleeing soap bubbles. I think about this while washing my hands sometimes.
Washing your hands can be a scientifically fraught act, though. Are the germs really fleeing our antibacterial soaps? Or are they biding their time, growing ever-stronger? Overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial products can cause germs to grow resistant to the very things we use to kill them. With that in mind, the Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced a proposed rule that would require companies to show that their antibacterial products are safe to use every day and, taking it a step farther, that they are more effective than regular soap and water.
Read more. [Image: Keith Williamson/Flickr]

There Is No Proof that Antibacterial Soap Is Better than Regular Soap, FDA Says

There are certain phrases that stick in your head for years, for seemingly no reason. One of these for me is from a book called Germs! Germs! Germs! that I think we read in kindergarten. One page said, “Hot soapy water—what a curse!” and pictured some disgruntled germs fleeing soap bubbles. I think about this while washing my hands sometimes.

Washing your hands can be a scientifically fraught act, though. Are the germs really fleeing our antibacterial soaps? Or are they biding their time, growing ever-stronger? Overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial products can cause germs to grow resistant to the very things we use to kill them. With that in mind, the Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced a proposed rule that would require companies to show that their antibacterial products are safe to use every day and, taking it a step farther, that they are more effective than regular soap and water.

Read more. [Image: Keith Williamson/Flickr]

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