Would it surprise you to learn that anti-bacterial soaps offer no special protection against germs and may even be harmful? Some data suggests that over time, antibacterial chemicals may do more harm than good, the FDA says. The research indicates that long-term exposure to these chemicals could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects. As it turns out, a proper old-fashioned, soap-and-water hand washing will do. For more information click here.