ROCHESTER (AP) You know there are antibacterial soaps, but what about viruses?
Any soap, when used properly, can eliminate viruses, but there's a possibility that ordinary dishwashing fluid can be especially helpful, reports the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.
The publication cited a study that found dishwashing soap 100 times more effective than hospital-strength antibacterial soaps in killing at least one type of common cold virus.
While more study is needed, the letter says, it can't hurt to use the dishwashing fluid to wash your hands.
The key is still how you use it. Wash your hands frequently, sudsing for at least 10 seconds, followed by thorough rinsing and drying.
To reduce transmission of viruses, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth, and if you sneeze, use disposable tissues, not your hand.
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