Regular soap just as effective as the antibacterial kind

ANTIBACTERIAL hand soaps containing the chemical triclosan are little better at killing germs than regular suds in real life situations, researchers say.

Triclosan is one of the commonest ingredients in antibacterial soaps, which are used by millions of people and generate $US1 billion ($A1.40 billion) in sales annually in the US alone.

But studies have linked it to antibiotic resistance and hormone problems, prompting a safety review by the US Food and Drug Administration.

A study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy