FILE PHOTO: Hands glow under a black light during a demonstration on how bacteria spreads. For daily hygiene, hand-washing with regular soap is fine, according to researchers. It may be virtually impossible to buy soap in the United States that is not 'an
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It may be virtually impossible to buy soap in the United States that is not "antibacterial," but such products are a waste of time, experts said on Thursday.
Not only that, but their heavy use could contribute to a whole new breed of hard-to-kill superbugs, the researchers told a meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
"It makes you wonder why they call it antibacterial, because according to our research, it isn't any more so than plain soaps," Elaine Larson, associate dean for research at the Columbia University School of Nursing in New York, said in a statement.