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Doctor insights on: Antibacterial Vs Soap And Water

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What are the benefits of using bar soap vs liquid soap?

None: All soaps work the same way, by dissolving salts and oils. Whether the soap is liquid or bar they do the same thing. ...Read more

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Is antibacterial dial bar soap good to clean genitals with I heard that antibacterial removes the good bacteria?

Is antibacterial dial bar soap good to clean genitals with I heard that antibacterial removes the good bacteria?

Regular soap is fine: "Antibacterial" soap is a marketing gimmick. The fact is, soaps of any kind remove bacteria from the skin surface. Their overuse can alter the normal balance of good vs bad bacteria. The problem with "antibacterial" soaps is that it breeds bacteria resistance, which confers a survival advantage. This means that the resistant bacteria will grow even in the presence of the "antibacterial" soap. ...Read more

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Would washing hands with soap and pretty hot water along with hydrogen peroxide kill any sperm on hand?

Would washing hands with soap and pretty hot water along with hydrogen peroxide kill any sperm on hand?

Spermicides: dear Lois326 your regimen would kill just about everything in sight! Just use soap and water for a minute or 2 and you would be ok here. I am assuming you are more concerned about STD and HIV and the answer is that a wash with soap and water for about 2-3 mins will protect you from everything of that nature. Also, u cannot get preg from dry sperm on your hand inserted into the vagina.thx ...Read more

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Does salt kill bacteria?is washing wattle bottle with salt enough instead of soap?

Does salt kill bacteria?is washing wattle bottle with salt enough instead of soap?

No: Salt does not kill bacteria. It is better to wash water bottles with soap and water and let them dry thoroughly before refilling. ...Read more

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What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

To actually wash : Stuff off of hands- soap and water. The hand sanitizer just kills germs - it isn't designed for removing gunk off of hands. ...Read more

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What is better healthy facewash a bar of soap or liquid cleanser?

What is better healthy  facewash a bar of soap or liquid cleanser?

I prefer: Skin ceuticals....There are many wonderful cleansers for many different skin types. If you are looking over the counter type products, unscented neutrogena facial bar or liquid pump is very good for sensitive skin. A very good skin investment you will use forever is a clarisonic with any cleanser--it will always cleanse the best without "pulling" on the skin. ...Read more

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Is dial antibacterial bathing soap safe? I take 3 showers a day and use or excessively.

Is dial antibacterial bathing soap safe? I take 3 showers a day and use or excessively.

Dry skin: Dial was the first company to sell antibacterial soap in the us. It is a deodorant soap- it can be quite drying. I would be concerned that your skin would become overly drying if washing this often with this soap. ...Read more

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What is better and . Best for clear complexion bar soaps like cetaphil, neutrogena, purpose, panoxyl soap bar etc. Or liquid cleanser, or creamy cleanser?

What is better and . Best for clear complexion bar soaps like cetaphil, neutrogena, purpose, panoxyl soap bar etc. Or liquid cleanser, or creamy cleanser?

Depends on skin: One skin cleanser may work better for you than another depending on your skin, whether it is dry or oily, light or dark complexion, etc. I usually recommend a neutral or hypoallergenic formula, avoiding perfumes and other additives. Sometimes i suggest a pure soap such as dove, but it may be too drying for already dry skin. You should try different brands and formulas to see what works for you. ...Read more

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What is the different between antimicrobial mouth wash and antiseptic mouth wash?

What is the different between antimicrobial mouth wash and antiseptic mouth wash?

Inhibits vs. killing: Antibacterial products kill bacteria, or hinder their reproduction. Antiseptic substances inhibit the growth and reproduction of many microorganisms, including bacteria, as well as fungi, protozoa, and viruses.The greatest difference between these mouthwashes is that most antiseptic mouthwashes contain a significant amount of alcohol. Alcohol tends to dries the mouth and can be a problem for many. ...Read more

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What's the difference between anti-bacterial soap, regular soap, and soap-free body wash? Do they all clean the same?

What's the difference between anti-bacterial soap, regular soap, and soap-free body wash? Do they all clean the same?

Soap: The anti-bacterial soap will contain triclosan. This is the anti-bacterial part, both contain soap to solubilize the oils and wash away dirt. The soap free probably does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate the main ingredient of soap, but you can look at the ingredients to see the difference. Triclosan is a redundant ingredient and a contributor to bacterial resistance. ...Read more

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Is cetaphil antibacterial soap ok to use for personal intimate cleaning?

Is cetaphil antibacterial soap ok to use for personal intimate cleaning?

No: If by "intimate" you're referring to your delicate parts, the answer is no, especially for the vagina and anal areas. Harsh soaps can cause drying, cracking and itching, and should be avoided. In fact, it's best to minimize the use of soap at all: just a little water is enough. ...Read more

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Will cold water and soap kill hpv?

Will cold water and soap kill hpv?

Soap/H2O fail w/HPV: Soap and water will not kill hpv. There are currently surfactants, chemicals and hydrogen peroxide vapor being evaluated to kill the virus on surfaces but currently no topical treatments for killing the virus are effective. This virus is associated with cervical cancer and head/neck cancer. Vaccination of our at risk population is key! ...Read more

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Is dove soap good for the skin? Better than other bath soaps?

Is dove soap good for the skin? Better than other bath soaps?

Pretty good: Dove is a good, relatively gentle soap. Cerave and cetaphil are other similarly gentle soaps. Dial is usually more drying, but does have greater anti-microbial action. ...Read more

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Does washing your hands with soap (versus just water) really kill bacteria?

Soap: Regular soaps attach to oils that germs cling to. Hydrophilic/ hydrophobic. This allows the oil and germ to be flushed away with water. If you use only water - you would have to rely on rubbing motion to remove the germs that are flushed with water. ...Read more

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Is cetaphil antibacterial soap okay for your vagina?

Is cetaphil antibacterial soap okay for your vagina?

No: You should not be using soap in or on your vagina. Soap is for skin, not mucous membranes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between antibacterial and antiseptic soap?

Soap: Antibacterial soap = antimicrobial soap = antiseptic soap ...Read more

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Should I use diluted garlic water as a vaginal wash?

Used in China...: But may work, since it is mildly antibacterial and anitifungal. May also help suppress birthrate! ...Read more

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Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Depends: I think both are adequate as long as they are done correctly. I am not sure there has been a lot of studies in this area but I do know that soap and water is better for one particular bacteria called C. dificile- the main things are time and contact so that the whole hand gets covered and the rubbing helps get bacteria off the hands ...Read more