Antibiotic Resistance: Should I Use Antibacterial Soap?

April 22, 2015 12:24 PM

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Antibiotic Resistance: Should I Use Antibacterial Soap?

Whoever said “cleanliness is next to godliness” would think pretty highly of modern-day America. Never before has a population so committed itself to rubbing, scrubbing, sterilizing and disinfecting itself from the grit and grime of the natural world. And for good reason: global trade and travel have allowed viruses to hop from country to country via innocent workers and tourists.

But while our zeal for cleaning is well-intentioned, our efforts are often misguided. In the case of antibacterials, we may be doing ourselves harm.

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