Everything we ever learned is unraveling, people. First, we find out flossing is worthless, and now they’re telling us antibacterial soap doesn’t help, you know, remove bacteria.
The FDA is calling for the removal of “antibacterial” ingredients from commercial hand soaps. In a statement, the agency said:
Manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections.
It all gets really sciency, but here’s the point: The stuff soap makers add to antibacterial soap doesn’t actually make it any more effective or your hands any cleaners.
What’s next, running around the pool is actually safer than walking?
Aaron Cline Hanbury is a contributing editor for RELEVANT. You can follow him on Twitter at @achanbury