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The spread of coronavirus has no doubt changed the way we think about hygiene forever and over the last two years, we’ve heard the term antibacterial more and more. It’s everywhere - our TV screens, our hand wash bottles - but what does antibacterial actually mean?

The most important thing to note is that when a substance is considered antibacterial, it prevents the development of bacteria. Most bacteria are actually beneficial to humans, meaning that when we use antibacterial products we are also killing good bacteria too. But in terms of a global pandemic, illness and in the interest of general hygiene it’s important to use an antibacterial hand wash to eliminate those nasty bacteria. In turn, this will help us to stay healthy and reduce the risk of infection and sickness. 

When you pick up a product with the term antibacterial on it (for example our incredible Antibacterial Hand Wash), that label is not slapped on there lightly. No, these products undergo a variety of testing methods like disk-diffusion and agar dilution methods (fancy science stuff) to evaluate the antimicrobial activity and determine if it is effective in preventing the spread of bacteria. And if it is, well you’ve got yourself some antibacterial bragging rights. 

To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, as well as other illnesses and bacteria, it is recommended by the Australian Department of Health to wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. 

Stay safe. Shop our Antibacterial Hand Wash here.