Why You Should Never Use Antibacterial Soap

September 30, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

Yesterday we told you about how you should never eat hot dogs, which seems semi-obvious, right? But here’s a shocker: washing your hands with antibacterial soap is just as bad! Yes, it’s true–that’s one thing you should NEVER do when washing your hands. Antibacterial soap has recently been banned by the FDA.

READ MORE: The One Thing You Should Never Do When Washing Your Hands

The FDA ruled this month that companies must remove harmful ingredients from antibacterial soaps–over 2,000 of them that are currently on the market!–within a year. The FDA found that ingredients in the soap, including triclosan and triclocarban, have been proven to do more harm then good.

“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

“In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

READ MORE: Are You Supposed To Wash Your Hands With Hot Or Cold Water?

Yikes! So, what does that mean for you? First, of all, you should stop buying and using hand soaps that have “Antibacterial” in the name or on the packaging. They will still be available on shelves until August 2017, but now that we know they are harmful, why use them? Instead, opt for just plain soap and water, or hand soap that is NOT antibacterial. Here are some of our favorite hand soaps that smell amazing, including my personal favorite Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap Lavender ($3.99).

READ MORE: These Are The 9 Best-Smelling (And Best-Selling!) Products At Bath & Body Works


Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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