Germs germs germs. They are everywhere. Get rid of them w/ hexochlorophene.

Now that many people consider germs to be a blessing, not a curse, it is useful to remind ourselves where we were a few years ago.  Today’s episode of “bad germs” is brought to you by Tact soap.  Hat top to Liza Gross.

Or see this newspaper ad:

So what if Tact soap from that era had hexachlorophene (the active ingredient in phisohex and something that probably is not so good for you). It killed microbes. And that has to be a good thing right? Right?

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

4 thoughts on “Germs germs germs. They are everywhere. Get rid of them w/ hexochlorophene.”

  1. Just looked for hexachlorophene in wikipedia. Scary , scary. But bacteria are terrible! 🙂 Thanks for giving us this temporal perspective. I still think that people are terribly concern about bacteria and use more hand germicidal than ever. I might be wrong though.

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  2. Just looked for hexachlorophene in wikipedia. Scary , scary. But bacteria are terrible! 🙂 Thanks for giving us this temporal perspective. I still think that people are terribly concern about bacteria and use more hand germicidal than ever. I might be wrong though.

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  3. So today we have triclosan in most hand & body soap products and toothpastes. It is probably not directly harmful as hexachlorophene. But has anybody studied what happens to the microbiome of skin washed with triclosan soap vs. the microbiome of skin washed with non-bacteriocidal soap?

    Also, did hexaclorophene cause those ridiculous dancing moves? Or is that a mid-1960s thing?

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