USF School of Nursing Prof Weighs in on Antibacterial Soap:  May do more harm than good | USF in the News |
Antibacterial soaps and gels are useless and may cause harm, 200 scientists and medics have warned.

The consensus statement, published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives also cautions against the use of antimicrobial agents in food storage containers, exercise mats and paints.


Environmental health professors said “plain soap and water” was the best way to protect against illness.


But they also said antibacterial products – some of which have been banned in the United States, and are being phased out here – could cause harm to some consumers, especially pregnant women and those breastfeeding.


Environmental health professor at the University of San Francisco, United States (U.S.), Dr. Barbara Sattler said: “People think antimicrobial hand soaps offer better protection against illness, but generally, antimicrobial soaps perform no better than plain soap and water.”


via @theguardian