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Can You Catch an Infection From Sharing a Bar of Soap?

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  • Hand-washing is a critical function to remove germs and avoid getting sick, but many believe bar soap harbors these same disease-causing germs, increasing their risk of illness
  • Rigorous studies have proven bar soap may sometimes be messy, but it does not transfer germs to your skin, even after being inoculated by millions of bacteria, while antibacterial products require at least two minutes of contact with your skin to work
  • The FDA banned the use of triclosan in antibacterial soaps but continues to allow triclosan in hospital products, hand sanitizers and toothpaste, despite studies demonstrating damage to your health and the environment
  • Using proper hand-washing technique with bar soap is an effective means of protecting your health and the environment

By Dr. Mercola

Germs are everywhere. According to Charles Gerba, microbiologist at the University of Arizona, your kitchen is the heart of your home, and the heart of its germs. Some of the places in your kitchen that may be dirtier than a toilet include your kitchen sponge, sink, cutting board, refrigerator door handle and kitchen countertops.


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