Soap vs antibacterial soap

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Soap vs. antibacterial soap

If we think about the title and imagine two warriors standing in a ring one with a new shiny armor but relatively young and the other is an old school fighter with nothing to prove. What do you think who will win and why?

News flash: “FDA banned all products claiming to be “antibacterial.” Antibacterial soap wipes and so on. They say: the health claims are false and that they are no better than regular soap and warm water.

Yes, you heard it right. Everybody buys them for more than a decade or more and still those years were not enough to prove they improve your fights against germs and all the things you want to keep away from your child.

I won`t lie to you. I use it too but only because you and I were told it kills 99.9 % of bacteria then it should be good right? As it turns out, we might make everything worse. Ever since the so-called antibiotic products invaded our world, they state that they kill almost any bacteria.

So the consumers jumped on the idea of being safe from those bad guys who cause us illnesses and everybody thought we are getting safer with every hand wash when using these liquid miracles or wipes. Soon after few questions remained:

  1.  What happens to the remaining 0.1% (probably better not to imagine)
  2.  How the hell or parents and grandparents survived their childhood without antibacterial soap

I think the second question has an important not so hidden lesson inside. Probably they did survive because an excellent quality regular soap is just as good if not better then these well presented, available antibacterial products. Yes, they are in an excellent pack, easy to pump it out, some of them smell like heaven, and “oh lets put an animal on it” so kids will love it too.

Nothing is better feeling then safeguarding our children from every possible angle so we think we can tick one box out. Now when we pick them up in our local stores we rarely checking anything other than the brand, design, and price. Mistake.

Recently many ingredients including triclosan are banned, and most of the big manufacturers started to act and change their formulas to please the authorities. I did not say ” consumers” on purpose because they could move earlier if they would be concerned about us.

Johnson & Johnson started fairly early in 2013 after some 30.000 had signed consumer petition landed in their HQ. They reacted and listened which is a rare and wise thing to do especially when you know those things do harm, and you are selling the products for parents who were using them on their kids.

So it is 2016 September and lost of eyes are on this topic and people getting concerned what to do now. The answer is pretty simple. Use simple old school, good quality soap and apply the right Technique.

Hand washing is the first line of defense for adults and children too. It is vital to use and to teach the proper hand washing skills. In the following part, I present the right way how to wash your hand.

When to wash hands?


Always wash your hands before:

  • Preparing or eating food
  • Doing contact lens routine
  • Dealing with any injury
  • Giving or taking medicine
  • Getting into contact with someone who is ill or weakened immune system

Always wash your hands after:

  • Preparing food
  • Day out on bus, metro, shopping center
  • Using the toilet
  • Changing a diaper
  • Blowing your nose,
  • Coughing or sneezing into your hands
  • Treating wounds or caring for a sick or injured person
  • Shaking hands with others
  • Contact with animals
  • Handling garbage

These probably the most important ones but please feel free to add more below in the comment section and we will add it to the list.

Next step is the actual hand washing. After my short intro, I think it needles to say that I would avoid antibacterial soap and I would advise you do the same. Use good quality soap as organic as possible. Also Would be happy to read some good advice so please leave a comment below.

How to wash your hand

  1. Wet your hand use warm water.
  2. Apply soap.
  3. Cover every part of your hands right up to your wrist area.
  4. Rub it well for around 20-30 seconds between the fingers and under fingernail too. It might be harder with kids but sooner or later they will get it why it is important. Make sure you don`t go over the edge and scare them with your explanation so they feel unsafe all the the time they do or touch something.
  5. Rinse your hand properly.
  6. Dry your hand with towel or paper. If you are using a public toilet you can grab another paper and open the door with it and throw the paper after. You would not believe how many skip hand washing after they finish. I personally always using this technique.

So you have it. Just follow these steps and you will be safer from those unwanted germs. But keep in mind that it is almost impossible to be 100% safe. Antibacterial products wont help at all as it turns out and even they suggesting they can cause many unknown side effects so why wont we just learn to wash it the right way.

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Istvan Hetesi

2 comments

  1. Quentin Jessen
    says:

    Very helpful advice, thank you 🙂

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