Walk past any Bath & Body Works store and you 'll see a colourful display of popular antibacterial soaps. Sold in thick plastic containers with bulky, foam-producing pumps on top and loaded with fragrance, these liquid soaps are ubiquitous. There's a problem with them that goes beyond the excessive plastic packaging. They are 'antibacterial,' as are so many other soaps, body scrubs, and lip glosses these days, not to mention household cleaners, sponges, even mattresses. The world has gone crazy for antibacterial products 13 but, unfortunately, antibacterial is bad.