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Do anti-bacterial detergents & handwashes really work?

Posted by anon, 17/10/13

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  • Soap and water is just as good I believe.

  • Probably, but not much better than normal soap and water.

  • I was wondering the same thing the other day especially items such as dishwashing liquid. I mean all the bacteria is in the grime when the water turns dirty so don’t see how it could. I buy what is on sale now as it is too complex to think about .

  • They say 99.9% they work,we use them to protect us as much as we can.

  • Dettol handwash is good! Really interesting comments read on this!

  • The anti bacterial hand washes are great. Laundry washes that state anti bacterial…..warm water would probably work just as well. They smell nice though

  • They are over rated. Thorough Hand washing is the best scientific evidence to prevent infection spread. Use normal soap and elbow grease.

  • Without a single doubt YES!!

  • I think so especially as they use them in hospitals now

  • Anti bacterial hand washes need to be left on the hands for at least 10 seconds for it to work. So when used properly, yes.

  • New studies that are being published are saying that antibacterial soaps and dish washing liquids can lose effect as germs get used to the active ingredients in them. I guess that’s why even hospitals get super bugs that become resistant and evolve to form a newer more powerful strain. I do use them in my house but only when really needed

  • there are some good comments here

  • Yes i have also read that they shouldn’t be overused.

  • I think they do…but probably need to check out studies to know for sure

  • They work but shouldn’t be overused. I only use after preparing foods like chicken.

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