I first wrote about antibacterial soaps and personal care products more than a year ago after I erroneously bought antibacterial Q-Tips. Two recently released studies got me thinking about this topic again. In one, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined illness and death linked to antibiotic resistant “superbugs” and pinned the blame on hospitals and farms for their excessive antibiotic use. The other, much smaller study, examined the presence of triclosan (the chemical typically used in antibacterial soap) in the environment, and its impact on resistant bacteria. You can read what I learned here in my recent article for Pacific Standard magazine.