According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the U.S. FDA Advisory Committee reports that washing hands with plain soap and water kills bacteria just as well as anti-bacterial soaps. I read about anti-bacterial soaps causing bacteria to be resistant to antibiotics several years ago. We have not used these types of soaps since then.
Here are several good reasons not to use anti-bacterial soap:
So which soaps should we use? The EWG recommends looking for soaps that do NOT contain these three things:
We do use the instant hand sanitizer which is alcohol based. That is good to use when hand washing with plain soap and water is not available.
The anti-bacterial soaps have also been said to be the cause of dry skin in many people due to the use of the harmful chemicals. Not only this, they have been found to be the cause of the roughening the skin in the long run.