Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

The Food and Drug Administration ruled on Friday that it is banning the use of 19 active ingredients found in antibacterial soaps and washes. The most common  of these are triclosan, typically used in liquid antibacterial soaps, and triclocarban, used in bar soaps.

Manufacturers will have one year to remove the ingredients from their products, or be forced to take them off the market.  To read more click here:  http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm517478.htm