That's why you should not wash your hands with antibacterial soap

Washing hands protects against many infections, as most bacteria reach the mucous membranes via the hands. People who use antibacterial soap even protect themselves twice, the industry suggests so far. Researchers from the Korea University of Seoul wanted to know more about it? and have investigated in a study whether antibacterial soaps with the ingredient triclosan are more effective than conventional soaps.

Study shows: effect begins only after nine hours

The researchers concluded that antibacterial soap does not work better against bacteria than traditional soap. Reason for this: The bacteria would have to lie for only nine hours in the chemical substance so that it can work. The substance Triclosan kills various disease-causing bacteria and is contained in several products. Toothpaste and mouthwash also contain triclosan as a preservative.

Instead of using antibacterial soap, you should wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap. The best way to do that is to use warm, running water.

Triclosan could be harmful to your health

Triclosan not only misses its advertised, antibacterial effect, but may also be harmful to health. Animal experiments have shown that the substance weakens the muscles and pollutes the environment. In addition, the chemical has been linked to allergies and antibiotic resistance. For this reason, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has been calling for more reluctant use of triclosan for years.

Since July 2015, the substance may no longer be contained in lotions and creams according to the European Cosmetics Regulation if they are used extensively on the skin.

Dr. Pritish Tosh discusses antibacterial soap (July 2020).