Washing your hands with antibacterial soap may be doing more harm than good. The FDA says there’s no proof that it actually stops the spread of germs any better than ordinary soap and water do and the active ingredients in these soaps – like triclosan and triclocaban – can interfere with hormone levels or lead to bacterial resistance.
The FDA has proposed a new rule requiring manufacturers to prove that their antibacterial cleaners are safe and more effective than soap and water in preventing illness. If they can’t they will have to reformulate or relabel their products. The new rule would not apply to products that do not use water, like hand sanitizer or wipes.