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is it possible that antibacterial soap, if left to dry on a hard surface, can still kill germs?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Antibacterial soaps contain antibiotics which may impact some bacteria on surfaces.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Is antibacterial soap healthierand safer to use than regular soap?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Regular is fine: Regular soap kills bacteria too. For normal use, it's all you need.
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A 16-year-old male asked:

Should I use regular or antibacterial soap?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Your preference: A regular soap is most often adequate for cleanliness and personal hygiene, and then use an anti-bacterial hand soap for hand washing, especially after using the bathroom.

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