I don’t think antibacterial soap is necessary, but some people like it after handling a baby’s diaper or before preparing a bottle.
When you read the label of almost any antibacterial soap, you’ll find triclosan is the active ingredient. Unfortunately, triclosan is linked to hormone disruption in lab animals and causes antibiotic resistance. Triclosan sticks around: the CDC finds it in 75% of Americans over the age of 5. (Read more here).
Fortunately, there are wonderful alternatives that we can use while Congress, FDA, and EPA spend the next months (years?) deciding whether and how to regulate its use.
I recommend Cleanwell Hand Sanitizer Wipes for on-the-go and for kids. Free of alcohol, triclosan, and benzalkonium chloride, they use natural thyme oil to kill germs. They are sold at Target, Whole Foods, Amazon, and grocery stores.
Grocery and health food stores also sell pocket-size spray bottles of lavender oil, which has antibacterial properties.
At home, try Herbaliz Antibacterial Liquid Soap. It’s made from essential oils and is free of synthetic fragrances and triclosan. Liz makes wonderful, affordable personal care products in rural Pennsylvania. She is totally transparent about her ingredients. You can call her and talk to her about her products.