Gojo Gold and Klean Antimicrobial Hand Soap Lotion
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Gentle, natural soap for general washroom settings.
Combines coconut oil with special moisturizing emollients to condition and protect skin.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is antimicrobial hand soap?
Antimicrobial soaps refer to solutions that are designed to lessen the number of living (viable) microorganisms on the surface of the skin. As they are usually rubbed on the skin during handwashing, the most common form of the antimicrobial product is a soap.
The main target of antimicrobial soaps are the bacteria that commonly live on (colonize) the surface of the skin. These include bacteria in the genera of Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Normally, these bacteria are innocuous; they do not cause harm to the host. But, if they gain access to niches inside the body due to a cut or other injury, they can cause serious and even life-threatening diseases. An example is the contamination of implanted heart valves by Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause endocarditis. By handwashing with an antimicrobial hand soap for an adequate length of time (at least one minute) to lessen the number of living S. aureus on the skin prior to heart valve surgery, a surgeon can diminish the risk of infecting the patient.
Antimicrobial hand soaps are also a common part of the home. The ubiquitous bar of soap in the shower and by the bathroom sink is an example of an antimicrobial soap.
What should I know about antibacterial/antimicrobial hand soap?
Antimicrobial hand soap (also called antimicrobial or antiseptic) is any cleaning product with active antimicrobial ingredients added and not found in regular soaps.
“An antimicrobial is something that works to kills microorganisms or stops their growth. For example, antibiotics and antimicrobial soaps are used to fight bacteria,” Dr. Haugen says.
Antimicrobial hand soaps used to contain the chemical triclosan, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned it from household and health care products, because research suggests it may impact hormone levels and bacterial resistance.
“While bacteria sound like a bad thing, it can actually be good for you. Your body needs bacteria to maintain a healthy, balanced environment on your skin,” Dr. Haugen says.
If you’re not sure if your soap is antimicrobial hand soap, look for the word “antibacterial or antimicrobial hand soap” on the label. The FDA says a Drug Fact Label is another sign an antimicrobial hand soap or body wash has antibacterial ingredients in it.
What are some Pros and Cons of using antimicrobial hand soap?
Pros of Antimicrobial Hand Soap
- Antimicrobial hand soap still kills bad bacteria, but it shouldn’t be overused.
- Hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol levels is an effective alternative when a person doesn’t have access to soap and warm water.
Cons of Antimicrobial hand Soap
- Overuse of antibacterial products can reduce the healthy bacteria on your skin.
- Added chemicals to antibacterial soaps can remove natural oils, making skin drier.
- Using antimicrobial hand soap or hand sanitizer can make people think they do not have to wash their hands as thoroughly or frequently.
What is the History and Scientific Foundations of Antimicrobial Hand Soap?
The use of antibacterial soap began in the mid-nine-teenth century. At that time, the Viennese physician Ignaz Semmelweiss (1818–1865) noted the markedly higher death rate among hospitalized patients who received care from medical students, versus patients cared for by midwives. Semmelweiss determined that it was a common practice for the students to come from dissection and teaching labs to the hospital ward without washing their hands. By instituting a handwashing policy, the previous high death rate was almost completely eliminated.
With time came the knowledge that bacteria and other disease causing microorganisms such as fungi could be transferred from person to person on the skin of the caregiver. The use of antimicrobial compounds in soaps gained credence in the several decades following World War II (1939–1945), with the expanded use of antibiotics to treat bacterial diseases. The initial overwhelming success of antibiotics made the incorporation of antimicrobials into other products a health priority.