Quote from ClaireMacl
Reading this and coming from the UK, I know nothing of Dial. I do however believe that antibacterial soaps and the like might actually do more harm than good in the long term! Bare in mind that I don't have the research at hand at the moment, but I know that I've read in medical journals about allergies and asthma increasing in houses which are kept meticulously clean in childhood, children vaccinated and not exposed to chicken pox etc as we were as children developing the more dangerous equivalents later on, good bacteria on the skin being killed off with the bad by antibacterial agents etc!
I grew up in a house where my mum kept the place so clean I'm sure I could have eaten off the floor and yet I have asthma and so many allergies I couldn't list them
I'll stick to using antibacterial stuff when I have a wound or I am at work and just good old fashioned hygiene the rest of the time
Dial is a very popular brand of antibacterial soap here. It's sold for handwashing and also in bar and gel form for bathing. Lots of scents, formulas, etc.
While I agree that using antibacterial products like crazy might not be a great idea in a healthy household, I think it's really important to use it in a family where there is currently a staph outbreak going on. This friend of mine has a roommate and they share a bathroom and hand towels. I think while he has these wounds that are actually weeping, it's vital that he use something that might help stop the spread, both to his roommate and to other parts of his body. Now, I don't know if the antibiotic in Dial would kill the staph he has going on (they haven't told him if it's MRSA, just that it's staph), but it can't hurt.
Normally, I myself don't use an antibacterial soap except for handwashing and dishwashing. But if I started having wounds, you'd better believe I would switch!!!