We Have Been Lied To About Anti-Bacterial Soaps

Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap May Not Be The Magic Germ Killer After All

All of us are concerned about personal hygiene and often trust that anti-bacterial hand soaps are more effective than regular soaps. Will, it is time to admit that nothing could be farther than the truth. In a recent research to check the comparative effectiveness of both variants; selected bacteria were exposed to plain and anti-bacterial soaps for 20 seconds at two pre-selected temperatures.

The results revealed that a noticeable difference cropped up only after nine hours of exposure! The study was continued with volunteers with hands exposed to bacteria and then washed with either soap for 30 seconds; a time specified in the WHO hand-washing procedure. No difference here either! Thus the germ- fighting capabilities of triclosan; the most common ingredient in personal care products; emerged suspect.

Read below to clear your doubts and avoid harmful soap agents.

via prevention.com

The researchers were looking at the germ-fighting contribution of triclosan, the most common ingredient added to personal care products to target bacteria. (Triclosan is commonly used in antibacterial soaps, toothpastes, and hand sanitizers.) The chemical has been linked to several health issues, including allergies, hormone disruption, and heart damage. Considering these risks, this research reinforces that the extra antibacterial action isn’t necessary.

Fortunately, the solution is simple: Stick to products that don’t contain triclosan. To go the extra mile, also avoid soaps that contain “parfum” or “fragrance” ingredients. These are also common health-harming soap chemicals.

Learn more via prevention.com