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How effective is Safeguard's antibacterial soap?

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Antibacterial soaps such as Safeguard do not appear to provide any clinical health benefits over using regular soap and water. Regular soap is quite effective in removing bacteria from skin.

Antibacterial soaps contain triclosan or tricloban. These antibacterial agents have to be in contact with bacteria for at least two minutes to kill the bacteria. Most users do not leave the soap on long enough for the antibacterial agent to work.

Antibacterial soaps such as Safeguard might cause health and environmental problems. They penetrate the skin and accumulate in the bodies of people and environmentally exposed animals. Some studies suggest they can disrupt endocrine systems, promote allergies and distort photosynthesis in algae. They may be harmful to infants breast-fed by mothers who use antibacterial soaps.


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