For years I have counseled the early education and child care industry against the use of antibacterial liquid hand soaps because of the active ingredient “triclosan”. The FDA said long-term daily use of triclosan may have hormonal effects, kills good bacteria and leads to bacterial resistance germs. The FDA is requiring the manufacturers to demonstrate that their antibacterial hand soaps are more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of infections. Click here for the details on this 2013 rule. This is a reminder because there are still an unfortunate number of programs using antibacterial soaps.