Thursday, August 16, 2007

Don't Use Antibacterial Soap

I've long thought that antibacterial soap should be banned, and now scientists confirm this.

It does make me wonder how creationists deal with this, since antibiotic resistance is clearly Evolution In Action.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

yeah. this is the same frustration i used to feel back when i was a preschool teacher and every time a kid got a cold or earache, they'd be given antibiotics.

-colorwheel

W said...

I had always figured that warm water and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), a.k.a. sodium lauryl sulfate, was better suited to kill bacteria than any "anti-microbial" the FDA would approve for slathering all over one's body. Now when there are bacteria resistant to warm water, detergent, *and* agitation; I will head for the hills.

rantingnerd said...

Soap doesn't actually kill most bacteria, though -- it coats them and gets them off your skin, taking them down the drain. Soap is such a lovely amphiphilic substance. :-)

W said...

I was speaking in a much less practical sense. It you put E.Coli in a test tube with warm water(40C) and SDS, and then agitate it long enough; you will destroy pretty close to all of the bacteria. When that does not work....

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