December 17, 2013 | Nicola

Eek! Recent studies show that long-term use of antibacterial soaps might pose a health risk.

Certain chemicals in some antibacterial soaps and washes could negatively affect hormones and contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

The Food and Drug Administration in the US has proposed a rule that would mean manufacturers have to prove these products are safe.

I won't chuck the hand gel from my bag just yet, but I'll be using good-old soap and water more often.

 

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The new rule would not apply to alcohol-based sanitisers or those used in healthcare.

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