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What's your take on antibacterial soaps? I've heard lots of different things - all the way from "they will prevent you from ever getting a cold" to "they will ruin your immune system".

What do you think?
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I think everything has it's uses.
As with any [sign in to see URL] it antibacterial or plain old [sign in to see URL] you do not was every single part of your hands for 2 minutes, you won't kill all the bugs.
But it's better than nothing. And in a pinch, I use the instant [sign in to see URL] heading in and out of restaurants, grocery stores and hospitals...
I honestly don't think the use is creating "super bugs" as some scientist say. emoticon

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Personally, I think they have their uses but only in certain environments. I wouldn't want to use one at home.

I want my skin bacteria to remain on my skin and protect me from their bad cousins. But I do wash my hands often when I cook and when I'm sick I take care not to touch my nose and face, and wash hands often.

I also think it's important to know *how* to wash your hands well, like between the fingers and including the thumbs. That'll make a bigger difference than antibacterial soap.

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Oh we learned a lot of health rules when I had to take my two week course BEFORE I was allowed to work in my son's Middle school kitchen!

I use regular old Ivory at home, BTW. emoticon

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I think it's more important HOW you wash your hands than with what.

Soap first, then water, lather very well, all over your hands and wrists, between your fingers, over fingertips, [sign in to see URL] if your nails are along [sign in to see URL] the inside of the nails. Use water as warm as you can [sign in to see URL] hot (don't want to burn yourself). Cold water won't kill the germs like warm/hot water will.

Here's something I found that may help, too

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You know, when I started this thread, I was planning on answering it myself with "I think they are bad" but I've changed my mind!

I still am not going to use antibacterial soap in my house. We DO have it for washing hands in the cheese kitchen at the farm and in the milk room. But every where else is just plain ol' regular soap.

But in doing some research, I've found that the scientific evidence shows that it isn't [sign in to see URL] fact, it shows it doesn't do anything! There was little to no evidence that it killed more germs than properly washing your hands - in the ways you guys have described.

I know one family that exclusively uses it. They are the sickest people I know. Their daughter has gotten several MRSA skin infections. The son always has an ear infection. I feel like they've killed their immune systems, but it must be from more than just using antibacterial soap. They are the type of family to put their kids on antibiotics at the first sign of a sniffle, so that's probably the more direct route for wreaking havoc on our natural defenses. So it's like the antibacterial soap use is a symptom rather than a cause of their situation!
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[sign in to see URL]'s not the soap, it's the way you wash that makes a difference... emoticon

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We currently have both regular and antibacterial soaps in our home. I use the antibacterial for after I scoop and/or totally clean the cat box, or have to touch things that aren't quite the 'norm'. Our cat tends to have poop get stuck in the fur at his rear, so have to clean that [sign in to see URL] I use baby wipes, but still use the antibacterial soap for that. For hand washing otherwise, just some Patchouli soap if I have it (no special [sign in to see URL] love [sign in to see URL]) or just regular soap. Sometimes, I'll even use bits of [sign in to see URL] drain the bit in the bottom of the bottle into my soap dispenser, along with whatever soap is in there.

I really don't care for the antiseptic smell of the antibacterial soap, [sign in to see URL] use it just in case!

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I was once told that you're supposed to sing 'Happy Birthday' to yourself twice while washing your hands to make sure that you've washed long enough.

I do like to keep some antibacterial dish soap in the kitchen, I like to use it especially after handling raw meat. I'd bleach down the counters instead but my husband can't stand the smell of bleach.

We don't use antibacterial soap in the bathroom or anywhere else. I worked as an LPN for some time and I'm a frequent handwasher. (Oh, my poor winter chapped hands!)
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Rebecca Wraenna wrote:

I was once told that you're supposed to sing 'Happy Birthday' to yourself twice while washing your hands to make sure that you've washed long enough.



I just read (in a children's book) to sing your ABC's twice. I tried it and it takes me just one minute to sing it twice. And that's longer than I wash my hands (unless I've been out gardening or something and still haven't gotten all the dirt off). If I now 'visible' stuff on my hands, I don't take that long. Something to think about...
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