As a society, we are taught to steer clear of germs for optimum health. So when it comes to the bathroom, we ought to take necessary precautions to ensure we don't subject ourselves to them. Many of us even use antibacterial soap, as we've been told it's the best way to avoid germs. But apparently, it's been found that it's no more effective than using regular soap science says.
Korean scientists decided to examine the effect of the most common ingredient in antibacterial soaps, triclosan, by studying how well it killed bacteria. To test this antiseptic ingredient against 20 strains, they added 0.3 percent of it, which is the maximum the law allows, to bacteria at room temperature and warm temperature for 20 seconds in order to recreate how a human typically washes their hands.
What they found was that, though the triclosan was able to kill much more bacteria after nine or more hours, during the time they recreated hand washing, it had little effect. The researchers also compared the antibacterial and non-antibacterial soap in terms of removing bacteria from human hands by using 16 healthy adults. The results found the antibacterial soap to be no more effective.
Dr Min-Suk Rhee, of Korea University, the paper's lead author, noted that "advertisement and consumer belief regarding the effectiveness of antibacterial soaps needs to be addressed."
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Source: Daily Mail
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