Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Soap Ruin Your Immune System

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by Barbara Minton

(Health Secrets)  As far back as 2007, the prestigious Harvard Health Letter reported that regular soap and water is just as effective at cleansing hands of bacteria as antibacterial soap or hand sanitizer, and it does it without devastating your immune system as antibacterial products do. Apparently nobody was listening though, because bottles of hand sanitizer and ads for antibacterial soap are everywhere. But fifteen seconds of hand washing with regular soap and water eliminates 80 percent of bacteria, an amount equivalent to what is eliminated with the use of antibacterial soap or hand sanitizer. (more…)