Microbicidal effects of plain soap vs triclocarban-based antibacterial soap

S. A. Kim, Min-Suk Rhee

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the bactericidal effects of plain and antibacterial soap. The bactericidal effects of plain and antibacterial soap containing 0.3% triclocarban were examined against 10 Gram-positive and 10 Gram-negative bacterial strains after exposure at 22°C and 40°C for 20 s. Gram-negative bacteria were more susceptible to both soaps than Gram-positive bacteria. However, with one exception (Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 19433 at 40°C), there was no significant difference between the effects of medicated and non-medicated soap at either temperature. Triclocarban in soap does not lead to a meaningful reduction in bacterial levels during use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-280
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1

Keywords

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Antiseptic active ingredient
  • Bactericidal effect
  • Hand soap
  • Triclocarban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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