Thursday, August 16, 2007

Plain soap as effective as antibacterial but without the risk

Plain soap as effective as antibacterial but without the risk

An article about why you shouldn't use anti-bacterial soap
this isn't one of those tree-hugger, "it's bad for the environment/your-skin/baby-pandas type things
this actually has some very well founded and well thought points.

The chemical used in antibacterial soap, is a fairly weak dilution of the same chemical used in hospitals.

the article goes into more technical details, but basically, antibacterial soap is NO MORE EFFECTIVE than regular stuff at killing germs, because it's a low concentration, HOWEVER, because of the way this chemical works, the bacteria could adapt to it, creating strains of bacteria, that are resistant to it, and compromising hospitals, where it really really needed.