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Alternative hand contamination technique to compare the activities of antimicrobial and nonantimicrobial soaps under different conditions.

The aim of this work was to examine the effects of wash time and soap volume on the relative activities and the subsequent transfer of bacteria to inanimate objects for antimicrobial and nonantimicrobial soaps. The results indicated that nonantimicrobial soap was less active and that the effectiveness of antimicrobial soaps can be improved with longer wash time and greater soap volume. The transfer of bacteria to objects was significantly reduced due to greater reduction in bacteria following the use of antimicrobial soap. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2008;3739-44.

Author: Fuls JL, Rodgers ND, Fishler GE, Howard JM, Patel M, Weidner PL

Published: 01/01/2008

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Applied and Environmental Microbiology