Study: Antibacterial Soaps Provide No Extra Benefit

Cleveland, OH - A new study finds anti-bacterial soap is no more effective than regular soap.

The University of Michigan study examined 27 different studies and found no difference in the number of infectious diseases the soaps prevented. There was also no difference in the amount of bacteria still lingering on the hands afterward.

That's because the concentration of the main active ingredient in antibacterial soaps - triclosan - is too low to make it better than regular soap in killing bacteria. The study also found antibacterial soaps may make some common antibiotics less effective by causing some bacteria to become resistant.