Q:

How effective is Safeguard's antibacterial soap?

A:

Quick Answer

Antibacterial soaps such as Safeguard do not appear to provide any clinical health benefits over using regular soap and water. Regular soap is quite effective in removing bacteria from skin.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Antibacterial soaps contain triclosan or tricloban. These antibacterial agents have to be in contact with bacteria for at least two minutes to kill the bacteria. Most users do not leave the soap on long enough for the antibacterial agent to work.

Antibacterial soaps such as Safeguard might cause health and environmental problems. They penetrate the skin and accumulate in the bodies of people and environmentally exposed animals. Some studies suggest they can disrupt endocrine systems, promote allergies and distort photosynthesis in algae. They may be harmful to infants breast-fed by mothers who use antibacterial soaps.

Learn more about Soap & Body Wash

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are the ingredients in Dove bar soaps?

    A:

    Dove bar soap ingredients include sodium lauroyl isethionate, stearic acid, lauric acid, sodium stearate, sodium cocate, fragrance, palm oil, water and sodium chloride. These bars also have sodium palmitate, cocamidopropyl betaine, tetrasodium EDTA, tetrasodium etidronate and titanium dioxide. As with many cosmetics, the ingredients in Dove soap bars perform diverse, but important and complementary functions, such as giving soaps shape, scent and color.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the ingredients in Castile soap?

    A:

    Castille soap is made of a naturally derived vegetable oil (no animal fat or synthetic materials), cold water, and lye crystals. Olive oil is traditionally used, but others like to experiment with their own mixtures of natural oils.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the ingredients in Ivory soap?

    A:

    The ingredients in Ivory soap include perfume, magnesium sulfate, sodium chloride, water, sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate, sodium palm kernelate and sodium silicates. The newer Ivory soap bars use heavier fragrances to create the aloe and lavender scents.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the basic steps for making soap?

    A:

    To make soap, measure the lye, water and oils according to weight. Pour the water into a glass bowl, and pour the lye into the water. Stir the lye and water combination with a non-reactive spoon. Melt the desired oils in a saucepan, and allow them to cool to 95 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Slowly add the lye mixture to the oil, and stir the mixture to trace. Pour the soap into molds to harden.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore