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Tompeters

Food safety/poisoning

I use (own brand) J Cloths - they start out on the counter for food prep, then when used a bit, they clean the hob for a bit...then the floor, and finally in the loo where they do their final sterling service round the bowl...and then into the dustbin. No boiling (boiling is expensive). Works for us.

I'm not sure about the bacteriacide causing resistance. It's certainly a problem in medicine, but I've never heard any 'sage' claiming that Dettox or bleach is going to cause a race of super-bugs. How about antibacterial mouthwash? Hand soap? Even ordinary soap kills bacteria, come to that. Having said that, the resistance argument does make sense intuitively.

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SonyaK

Food safety/poisoning

'Soap and water don't kill germs; they work by mechanically removing them from your hands'

'The active ingredient in most antibacterial soaps is a chemical called triclosan. Triclosan keeps the counts of bacteria, down partly because it has residual activity.'

Doctors have worried that bacteria exposed to low levels of triclosan aren't killed outright but given an opportunity to mutate so they become more resistant to triclosan and, ultimately, to antibiotics as well. In the lab, that has happened: Bacteria that become less susceptible to triclosan show indications of developing "cross-resistance" to antibiotics.

Whether that happens in the real world seems to be controversial, but some studies have shown no real difference to hygiene between using ordinary soap and antibacterial soap.

And none of the above get rid of viruses!!

 
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