Antibacterial soap may do more harm than good
Fall is just around the corner and that means winter is not far behind -- and you know what that means? Germs! Lots and lots of germs.
So what do you do? Grab the tissues? Check! Arm yourself with Lysol wipes? Double check! Stock up on antibacterial soap? Wrong!
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While you might think the super soap is the saving grace for your family this cold season, researchers at Korea University found that it's no better at killing germs than regular soap.
They found both soaps killed more than a dozen common, dangerous bacterial strains at the same rate -- and for antibacterial soap to be more effective, you would have to wash your hands for hours ... and who has time for that?
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Lead researcher Min-Suk Rhee tells the Huffington Post, "It's more about consumers washing their hands correctly and often -- rather than to use antibacterial soaps."
So, why bother adding that special ingredient that makes soap anti-bacterial?
Many manufacturers add triclosan to products like toothpaste, furniture, and toys -- all with the goal of preventing bacteria from spreading.
Researchers have linked it to antibacteria-resistant germs and allergies -- and long-term exposure could raise the risk of developing cancer.
The evidence is still inconclusive but the food and drug administration has asked companies who use the ingredient to study it more closely.
So, if you want to make your hands squeaky clean, keep it simple -- regular soap will do the trick.
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