Simple bath soaps are just as effective as antibacterial soaps, which show no additional health benefit, according to a report released this week by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.

In fact, the antibacterial agent triclosan may have adverse effects, causing some bacteria to become resistant to commonly used drugs such as amoxicillin. Triclosan is found in hundreds of body washes, cleaners, cosmetics and other products.

That conclusion is based on 27 studies conducted between 1980 and 2006 that looked at consumer soaps reinforced with triclosan.

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