Some soapy news

Here’s news you’ll need next time your hands are dirty. According to, the government is about to do away with so-called “antibacterial” soap — basically saying that it’s a useless waste of money.

According to the site, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just released a new, exhaustive report and ruling that there’s actually no good evidence they perform any better than plain old soap and water when it comes to preventing illness or the spread of bacteria and viruses.

“What’s more, the agency is banning companies from using 19 common ‘antibacterial’ chemicals — such as triclosan and triclocarban — in products going forward.’ Manufacturers have a year to reformulate products or remove ones with these chemicals from the market.” According to an FDA official, “We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water.”

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