May
14
2008

Stop using antibacterial soap

Sometimes the old ways are best: New-fangled antibacterial soap doesn’t work any better than plain soap, but contains chemicals that may harm the environment.
Sometimes the old ways are best: New-fangled antibacterial soap doesn’t work any better than plain soap, but contains chemicals that may harm the environment.Courtesy Brandon Cirillo

Seriously. Epulopiscium notwithstanding, it does no good, and it may do harm.

Soaps marketed as “antibacterial” contain the chemical triclosan. Numerous studies have shown that soap with tricolsan is no better at killing bacteria than regular soap. Besides, most of the diseases people wash their hands to avoid are actually caused by viruses – antibacterial agents have no effect on them. (Plain old soap and water does.)

The triclosan gets into the water supply, where it may harm the environment. Some studies suggest it might form toxic compounds. Others indicate that some germs become immune to triclosan over time.

The negative side-effects have not been totally proven, but why take the chance? There is no benefit to using antibacterial soap, so we’re all better off using the regular stuff.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

shanee's picture
shanee says:

Wow i thought that made a bit of sense....they are all soap! its all the same thing.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 9:49am
zephyr's picture
zephyr says:

well that crazy.........i agree with shanee they are all the same
Kulyas

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 9:57am
Amanda's picture
Amanda says:

we need to clense our bodies and keep clean but how are we suppose to do that if it doesnt even kill the bacteria.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 9:57am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Normal, everyday soap does an excellent job at getting rid of bacteria. The germs cling to dirt and oil on your skin. Soap bubbles pick up the dirt and oil, and water washed them away.

Remember what Momma said: wash your hands for at least 20 seconds every time before you touch food, and every time after you use the bathroom.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:34am
andyshadexx's picture
andyshadexx says:

omg that is just scary, now i have to read the soap box before i use it,

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 9:59am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

Forreal...
That's not cool at all...

U Kno Wat Im Sayin!!!

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:03am
twila_08's picture
twila_08 says:

it's kinda funny to know that a soap that they tell us works better than regular soap doesn't really. I think that we believe too much that we hear.

Twila Turnage

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:05am
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

Well not is interesting because we can found virues anyway and increase vriues and disease.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:08am
bert123's picture
bert123 says:

thats crazy but i really think that all soaps are the same only thing different is the smell.
IBI Call it what you want IBI

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:09am
Candice_318's picture
Candice_318 says:

Yeah we need to stop believing everything that these people is saying because throughout the years they always get proven wrong

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think as long as you even use soap it doesnt matter what kind it is

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 1:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think that soap is good as long as you use it. to many peoople dont even wash their hands anyway

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 1:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why dont ppl wash thier hands??? SICK!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 1:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think ppl should wash their hands at least 5x a week

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 2:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

actually the average person is supposed to wash their hands 5X a day

posted on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 4:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

either they forget or they are disgustiong ppl

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 6:38pm
hmoob_muas's picture
hmoob_muas says:

i think we should all use soap..

posted on Thu, 05/22/2008 - 9:52am

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