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Ordinary soap is as effective as antibacterial soap for handwashing, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4944 (Published 16 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4944
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Antibacterial soap is no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial contamination when used in real life situations, a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy has found.1

Korean scientists examined the bactericidal effects of triclosan, the most commonly used ingredient in antibacterial soap, in two experiments. In the first laboratory experiment 20 bacterial strains …

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