Maida P. Galvez, MDAssociate Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health Associate Professor of Pediatrics Director of the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty UnitIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Why You Should Avoid Antibacterial Soap
"Wash your hands!" It's every child's marching orders, and for good reason. Hand-washing is the single most effective way to prevent getting sick and combat the spread of germs. It reduces infections like the common cold that are passed from person to person.
We are told to wash with soap and water to prevent the transmission of bacteria, so an antibacterial soap should be the best one to use, right? Not so fast.
The Myth of Antibacterial Soaps
Antibacterial soaps with added chemicals like triclosan hit the market more than three decades ago. Consumers assumed anything marketed as "antibacterial" must be better than plain soap. They also assumed that if products were available on store shelves, they ...