The simple act of handwashing is one of the most effective ways to keep illness and infection from spreading in any environment. Whether we are at home, work, school, or in a healthcare facility, we should keep our hands clean. There has been much dispute about the effectiveness of antibacterial soaps and their relationship to antibiotic resistance, with experts standing on both sides of the issues.
A new study published in the International Journal of Microbiology Research confirms previous research. It seems that using antibacterial handwashing products does not contribute to antibacterial or antibiotic resistance. Previous claims were that these products contributed to selection and spreading of drug-resistant bacteria within the human skin. Office cleaning crews can now feel comfortable when supplying client restrooms with these handwashing products.
Products used in the study included over the counter liquid antibacterial bar soaps and hand and body cleansers. These contained triclocarban or triclosan, two germ-killing ingredients. Some cleaning products feature these ingredients but were not included in the study. The control group in this research did not use any type of antibacterial wash. There were 210 randomly selected study participants, 70 in each of three groups: antibacterial bar soap users, antibacterial liquid bath or shower product users, and those who did not use antibacterial washing products.
The results revealed that neither group using the antibacterial products experienced increased antibiotic resistance. In addition, bacteria present on the skin of those who used the products did not exhibit increased triclocarban or triclosan resistance. Both the Personal Care Products Council and American Cleaning Institute supported this research. Dr. Francis Kruszewski, director of human health and safety with ACI, stated that antibacterial washing products have been in use for decades and continue to be beneficial in the hygiene routines of millions of people worldwide.
Office cleaning services frequently post guidelines regarding proper handwashing techniques so office workers can increase compliance. Cleaning staff must also maintain good hygiene by wearing gloves or washing their hands after touching garbage or other debris. The best way to reduce the number of germs on hands is to wash them with soap and water.
By using antibacterial cleaning products, cleaning company workers help in the fight against germs. These cleaners can be used on surfaces like certain desktops, kitchen counters, bathroom sinks, toilets, and chairs. When cleaning companies and office workers collaborate regarding hygiene, the office becomes a cleaner and healthier environment.