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The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy found you’d have to soak your hands in antibacterial gel for 9 hours to kill more germs than you would simply by washing with regular soap and water. And the FDA says antibacterial soaps and gels don’t prevent illnesses any better than regular soap. Plus, the active ingredient in many antibacterial products – triclosan – can lead to antibacterial resistance. That’s why the FDA recently banned it… and companies have a year to take it out of their products. So, skip the antibacterial gel – and wash with plain old soap and water.