The number one reason why we don’t need antibacterial soaps is that regular soap and water works just fine to get rid of bacteria. Why gild the lily?
Now we have to ask ourselves why not gild the lily? And there are plenty of reasons— 275 of them to be exact. That’s the number of active ingredients in antimicrobials that the EPA classifies as pesticides because they are designed to kill microbes.
Anti-bacterial soaps also usually contain triclosan. An antibacterial and anti-fungal agent, triclosan reacts with sunlight to create dioxin, a highly carcinogenic and toxic family of compounds and can react with the chlorine in drinking water to create chlorine gas, another human carcinogen.
That’s not the worst of it. When you use anti-bacterial soap it doesn’t kill all the bacteria. The bacteria that’s left behind goes on to reproduce and breed ‘super germs’, which anti-bacterial soaps are helpless against. And they say irony is dead.
The New York Times says “Some recent laboratory studies suggest that antibacterial products containing triclosan may not be the best way to stay clean. Instead of wiping out bacteria randomly, the way regular soap or alcohol-based products do, triclosan may inhibit the growth of bacteria in a way that leaves a larger proportion of resistant bacteria behind.” They went on to recommend “basic hygiene—washing hands or using alcohol-based sanitizers, keeping scrapes covered until healed and refraining from sharing personal items like towels and cosmetics.”:: New York Times