Antibacterial soap is not better, cleaner, or safer, and you probably should stop using it

A new study has concluded that antibacterial soap is no better than regular soap. It adds to a quickly growing stack of research demonstrating that old-fashioned soap is just fine.

This new analysis compared soap containing triclosan (one of the most popular antibacterial ingredients) with regular soap both in lab tests and on people’s hands.

The researchers exposed people to a type of common bacteria than can infect those with weakened immune systems, then had them wash their hands with triclosan and regular soap. Surprise, surprise: They found no difference between the two soaps.

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