We all know that washing our hands is an important part of staying healthy on a daily basis. Many of us scrub with antibacterial soaps assuming that they are better at killing our microbial enemies, but those antibacterial soaps are no better than regular soap at killing germs. New research shows that soaps containing the active ingredient triclosan at concentrations commonly seen in antibacterial products sold to the public are no better at killing bacteria than regular soap. So suds away with your favorite, every day, run-of-the-mill soap and you will still be fighting the good fight. Just remember, no matter what kind of soap you use, scrub for at least 15 seconds!
FYI: The jury is still out if soaps containing triclosan are creating antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria and you better believe that researchers all over are looking into this matter.