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Are Antibacterial Products Worth Their Cost?

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Experts weigh in on the cost and effectiveness of antibacterial products.

Savings Experiment: Antibacterial Products
Do you use antibacterial soaps or sanitizers?
Always, I have children and I prefer antibacterial products.5401 (19.9%)
Only when on the go.6759 (24.9%)
Yes, but I've always had concerns...4668 (17.2%)
Never. I stick with plain soap.10306 (38.0%)
Did you find our video on anitbacterial soap helpful?
Yes, it's a great idea731 (29.6%)
Yes, useful and entertaining547 (22.1%)
Not sure, didn't watch828 (33.5%)
No366 (14.8%)

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These days, there are many varieties of hand soaps, including antibacterial lines, but when it comes to hand-washing, are antibacterial products worth the extra cost?

Here's the scoop: In order for antibacterial soaps to work properly, you need to lather for two minutes before rinsing. That's right, two whole minutes. Since most people don't spend that much time washing their hands, the extra chemicals don't even get a chance to do their job.

Prolonged use of antibacterial products can also strip your hands of both unhealthy and healthy bacteria, which leaves room for more resistant strains to take hold. So, when it comes to savings, you're better off going with a regular liquid soap. A 9-ounce bottle retails for $1.89, and for the same price, you can get a three-pack of bar soap, which works out to 63 cents each.

When you're not near a sink, hand sanitizer is the next best option. An 8-ounce bottle costs between $1 and $5, depending on the brand. Just be sure to choose an alcohol-based product -- it gets rid of the bad bacteria without harming the good kind.

Antibacterial soapSo, when it comes to keeping your hands clean and your budget tight, choose regular liquid or bar soap. If you're on the go and can't get to a sink, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are the next best thing.

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