Say Bye-Bye to OTC Antibacterial Soaps

It has taken a long time, but finally the Federal Drug Administration has brought an end to the marketing of over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps–those that contain any of 19 specific active ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban. This new ruling does not impact antibacterial products used in healthcare settings–nor OTC alcohol handrubs or wipes. Manufacturers have one year to bring their products into compliance.

PositiveTip: Want clean hands? Wash your hands with plain soap and water, front, back and between fingers for 20-30 seconds–then rinse.