Antibacterial soaps are not my favorite types of liquid soaps, but when my grand daughter was born the hospital requested that everyone entering the hospital room wash their hands before holding the baby. Because of this, and having a newborn at home with us, I was glad to see that my daughter has antibacterial liquid soaps in both bathrooms and in the kitchen.
The liquid soap I have been using is Dial White Tea & Vitamin E Antibacterial Hand Soap. This soap comes in a 9.375 fluid ounce plastic container with a pump style dispenser. The bottle is clear and reveals a soap that is clear as well. The bottle states that this is “#1 Doctor Recommended”. The label pictures white flowers with yellow centers, and while I have never seen or smelled this type of flower, I am delighted with the light floral fragrance. It is not over powering, and does not tend to linger on the hands for any length of time.
Dial White Tea & Vitamin E Antibacterial Hand Soap contains the active ingredient triclosan, at 0.15%, which serves as the antibacterial agent. As far as the other ingredients, this seems to me to be far from a naturally based cleaning agent. It contains sodium laureth sulfate, propylene glycol, and a host of other chemically sounding ingredients. There are some natural choices in the list, such as camelia sinesis leaf (white tea) extract and tocopheryl acetate (which is a natural form of vitamin E).
I like the soft and silky texture of this hand soap, but I feel that one push of the pump dispenses way too much soap. I generally push it down about half way, which gives me plenty of soap adequate for a good hand washing, yet does not waste the product.
Many antibacterial soaps often leave my hands feeling dried out, and I would say that the Dial White Tea & Vitamin E Antibacterial Hand Soap does so as well, but not to the extent that some other brands do this. It forms a lot of lather good for spreading around to assure a thorough hand washing. In all honestly, I don’t buy a hand soap to moisturize my hands, I have hand lotions and body butters for that purpose. My goal when washing my hands is to kill germs, and I feel that when I wash my hands properly, the Dial White Tea & Vitamin E Antibacterial Hand Soap does a good job of this.
The fact that the container is clear is a nice benefit, since I can see when the product is getting low and needs to be replaced. Would I personally prefer a more “natural” form of antibacterial hand soap? I would, but since I will be using what my daughter has purchased, I can say that this hand soap has been a pleasure to use, and none of us has become sick since we have been using it.