Plain Soap And Water Still The Best Against Germs

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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Federal Food and Drug Administration has determined that when it comes to getting rid of germs, stick with soap and water.

The FDA ruled that manufacturers haven’t been able to prove that a majority of ingredients in antibacterial soaps are safe for daily use. One of the additives on the list is Triclosan.

The FDA gave antibacterial and soap companies a one-year deadline to phase out the chemicals.

Triclosan can still be found in a variety of household products.

Ginna Kaplan is a mother of two and said that she makes an effort to pay attention to the labels in her home.

“If there are too scientific or too many additives then I know that maybe I need to think twice about it,’ said Kaplan.

Dr. Laura Hanson, Associate Professor of Microbiology at Texas Woman’s University, said that consumers should be aware of the chemicals they put in their body but that she wasn’t overly alarmed with the recall.

“I wouldn’t worry too much but if you have other options, I’d probably go with the other options,” said Hanson.

For more information on the effects of Triclosan click here.

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