How Anti-Bacterial Soap Helps Fight Germs and Infection

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When it comes to protecting your family against germs and infection, antibacterial soap can be a strong first line of defense. Let's take a look at how and why antibacterial soap is effective in fighting the microorganisms that can cause illness. How do microorganisms cause illness? You pick them up in the form of germs on your hands and body, where they multiply on your skin. (That can be a lot of germs-because they're on every surface we touch, every item we come in contact with will transfer more germs to our skin.)

What is antibacterial soap?

Antibacterial soap includes antimicrobial ingredients.1 These ingredients fight bacteria or fungi, which are microbes that can cause a range of illness from skin infections to pneumonia to athlete's foot.1

How does antibacterial soap work?

When used correctly, all soaps will remove 99% of germs during washing. The difference between ordinary soap and antibacterial soap is that antibacterial soap continues working after you wash, because a very small amount of the antibacterial ingredient stays on your skin after rinsing, which helps slow down the natural growth pattern of the germs.2 Whether you're scrubbing your hands with a bar soap, or showering with a liquid body wash, antibacterial soaps can help protect you and your family against illness, infection, body odor, and more. Are you looking for ways to reduce germs in your home? Read Healthy Habits That Help Protect Against Germs.