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Health Tip: Antibacterial Doesn't Mean Better

Plain soap usually will suffice

(HealthDayNews) -- Antibacterial soaps are becoming increasingly popular, but they aren't necessary to prevent disease, the Mayo Clinic advises.

These soaps do offer greater protection than regular soaps if you have an open cut or sore that could become infected, or if your immune system is impaired.

But, in general, regular soap works just fine. The combination of scrubbing your hands with soap -- antibacterial or not -- and rinsing them with water loosens and removes bacteria.

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