Out With The Antibacterials: Why The FDA Is Getting Rid Of It

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According to the FDA, antibacterial is just a fancy word.

The Short of It: The Food and Drug Administration is calling "BS" on antibacterials everywhere, saying they do little or nothing to make soap work better. Even worse, the industry has failed to prove they're actually safe for use.

Companies will have a year to take the ingredients out of their products, including hand soaps, face wash​, and body soaps.

The Longer Version of It: This comes after a large amount of studies that disapproved the idea that antibacterial soaps even work or make your hands even "cleaner". Dr. Janet Woodcock, director the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said, "In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term."

In response to a number of complaints and comments over the years, the FDA put on their rulemaking pants and is saying, "no more!" to soap companies that make "antibacterial" soaps. The companies that made these soaps now have a year to totally change their products, and resupply them on the shelves of drug stores around the world.

As for what to wash with in the future? "Washing with plain soap and running water remains one of the most important steps consumers can take to avoid getting sick and to prevent spreading germs to others," the FDA said.

The Takeaway: Big companies often put big words on products to confuse and dazzle customers into buying their products. The makers of "antibacterial" soaps say their soaps work better, then moms around the world flock to purchase the best thing for their families. This is the first step the FDA is taking to put an end to all the nonsense. And to antibacterials around the world, we humbly say, "Bye Felicia!"