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FDA is the soap Nazi: no more antibacterial soaps for you!

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Why? Companies can't prove that those antibacterial ingredients actually do anything. 

FDA is the soap Nazi: no more antibacterial soaps for you!

Turns out that so-called 'antibacterial' soaps are about as effective as non-antibacterial soaps when used appropriately with water. 

The FDA is giving soap manufacturers a year to get those ingredients (including triclosan and triclocarban) out of your soap.

"Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections," reads the FDA statement.

According to NBC, triclosan can be effective against bacteria, but the problem is, it takes several hours to have any effect. Since all that soap will have rinsed down the drain by then, it ends up not helping at all.

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