Friday, August 17, 2007

Stop using antibacterial soap

I came across this article that says that plain soap as effective as antibacterial but without the risk. In short, the main active ingredient in many antibacterial soaps, triclosan, when used within the range of concentration commonly used in the community setting is no more effective than their plain counterparts. In fact, according to the article,

Because of the way the main active ingredient---triclosan---in many antibacterial soaps reacts in the cells, it may cause some bacteria to become resistant to commonly used drugs such as amoxicillin, the researchers say. These changes have not been detected at the population level, but e-coli bacteria bugs adapted in lab experiments showed resistance when exposed to as much as 0.1 percent wt/vol triclosan soap.

Further reading the comments, some suggested using alcohol based hand sanitizers as a more effective way to clean your hand. I haven't try that, but I think I'll stop using antibacterial soap from now on.

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