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Antibacterial Soap Is All Washed Up

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Story at-a-glance -

  • A new study exposed 20 bacterial strains to plain or antibacterial soap (containing 3 percent triclosan)
  • Antibacterial soap was no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial contamination when used under 'real-life' conditions
  • The triclosan in most antibacterial soaps is harmful to human health and the environment

By Dr. Mercola

A survey by the American Cleaning Institute and the industry-run Personal Care Products Council revealed that 74 percent of Americans use antibacterial soap.

Fifty-six percent of them use it regularly, and, reportedly, 75 percent of moms with children in the household said they would be "angry" if antibacterial soap was no longer on the market.


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