Why you shouldn't wash your hands with antibacterial soaps

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A new study suggests that antibacterial hand washes actually make superbugs stronger.

Infectious disease specialists worry that overuse of these soaps may create mutant germs which resist drugs.

Experts also suggest these products may kill off helpful bacteria that our bodies need.

This is because the products leave behind residue which builds up in the environment and lasts a long time.

The study from the University of Oregon found antibiotic-resistance genes in indoor dust from an old building with approximately 25% of the bacteria found coming from human skin.

This is a problem because samples turned up antimicrobial chemicals like triclosan and other antibiotic-resistance genes.

Triclosan is the most commonly used antibacterial ingredient in personal care products. However, just last week the FDA ruled that this ingredient be removed from bar and hand soaps within the next year because it's been linked with a gene that makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

Experts suggest that regular soap and water is the best way to prevent spreading germs.

Bonus: it doesn't cost as much as those pricey anti-bacterial soaps!

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FILE - This Wednesday, April 29, 2009, file photo, shows hand sanitizer on a shelf at a pharmacy in Plano, Texas. Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans are as effective at fighting germs as manufacturers claim, and whether there are any health risks to their use. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File)
This Tuesday, April 30, 2013, photo, shows Dawn Ultra antibacterial soap in a kitchen Tuesday in Chicago. Federal health regulators are deciding whether triclosan, the germ-killing ingredient found in an estimated 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the U.S. is harmful. The ruling, which will determine whether triclosan continues to be used in household cleaners, could have broader implications for a $1 billion industry that includes hundreds of anti-bacterial products from toothpaste to toys (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Not enough science to show OTC antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than plain soap & water. https://t.co/pFLCvMFgqd
Wide use of these products over a long time has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health. https://t.co/RrESvJTl9a

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