The FDA is cracking down on anti-bacterial soaps. Such products have been on the market for decades and are widely used by millions of Americans in the hopes of preventing infections.
Nonetheless, the Food and Drug Administration says that “there is currently no evidence that they are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.” Triclosan, one of the most common ingredients in antibacterial liquid soaps, is a suspected hormone disruptor. In addition, some scientists are concerned that bacteria may be developing resistance to this and similar compounds.
The FDA is requiring the makers of antibacterial soaps to prove that their products are better than simple soap and water by the end of 2016. The new rule will not affect hand sanitizers.