Have you noticed that practically everywhere you go you see pump bottles of antibacterial soap on the bathroom sink in stores, offices, homes, etc.? Pump! Pump! Signs urge us to protect each other from illness by pumping this liquid soap onto our hands. For many people, this act has become automatic. But is it any better than simply washing our hands the old-fashioned way with regular soap and water? Turns out it isn’t.
Research has shown that antibacterial soaps are no better than ordinary soap and water for germ removal or disease prevention.
Researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and University of Michigan’s School of Public Health have found that hand washing with soap and water is the most effective way to prevent bacteria and disease, and it is just as effective as antibacterial (aka antimicrobial) soaps.