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10 Ways You’re Washing Your Hands Wrong

Reader's Digest Logo By Alyssa Jung,Ashley Lewis of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 11: There's no need to grab the antibacterial soap off the drugstore shelf anymore. Very little evidence shows that antibacterial soap is better at preventing illness and the spread of infections better than good old-fashioned soap and water, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, the FDA issued a final rule stating that antiseptic wash products (including liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes) labeled 'antibacterial' with ingredients like triclosan will no longer be on the market since the manufacturers haven't proven the effectiveness or safety of using these ingredients over an extended period of time. Some studies have shown that triclosan may make our bodies resistant antibiotics. While animal studies suggest that triclosan may alter the way some hormones work in the body, which has potential concerns for its effects on humans. The FDA urges manufacturers to change the formulas of their products containing 19 of these other active 'antibacterial' ingredients or else they'll no longer be available to consumers. Make sure you know the 10 ways you're using your toilet all wrong.

10 Ways You’re Washing Your Hands Wrong

Improper handwashing can leave you susceptible to germs. Make sure you’re not making common hand-washing mistakes.

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