After researchers conducted many tests, the conclusion is clear: handwashing with antibacterial soap does not remove more bacteria or even prevent more illnesses than washing with regular everyday soap! So now, the Food and Drug Administration has issued its final verdict that throws water on claims that antibacterial soaps are better and more effective than basic soap. It may take up to a year, but antibacterial soaps will disappear from store shelves! The federal flushing applies to any hand soap or antiseptic wash product that has one or more of 19 specific chemicals in them, including the common triclosan (found in antibacterial hand soap) and triclocarbon (found in bar soaps).

The federal government is banning antibacterial soaps and washes because manufacturers have failed to prove that they are safe and prevent the spread  of germs! Makers of antibacterial soaps were warned back in 2013 to prove their products were safe and effective. Apparently, the manufacturers couldn't come clean on that test.

While regular soap works by mechanically removing germs from your hands after at least 20 seconds of rigorous washing, antibacterial soap contains chemicals that can kill bacteria or stop their growth. So the bottom line is that the good old fashion wash-off-the-germs method works just as well, if not better, than the kill-them-on-contact chemical approach.