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January 13, 2019 at 12:33 | HEALTHY

Very useful and healthy use plain old soap and water to prevent infection


After many years of studying the subject, the FDA has decided that there isn’t enough scientific evidence that over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. The wide use of these products has raised concerns over their health effects, especially in fostering the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant microbes.

In September 2016, the FDA ruled that antiseptic wash products—bar soaps as well as liquid, foam, and gel hand soaps and body washes—that contain triclosan, triclocarban, and other antibacterial active ingredients will no longer be sold over the counter. The rule covers only products used with water; it doesn’t apply to hand sanitizers or hand wipes, which are alcohol-based.

It’s a good idea to avoid antibacterial household cleaners as well. To clean cutting boards after chopping meat or poultry, add a little bleach to the water. A dilute bleach solution works equally well in eradicating bacteria in the bathroom.

Source: Helath Harvard

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