The Food and Drug Administration wants companies that produce antibacterial cleaners to prove they are safe and more effective than plain soap and water.
The FDA is reporting that there is no evidence antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes actually help prevent the spread of germs. There could even be evidence antibacterial chemicals actually pose health risks.
Scientists have long warned that antibacterial chemicals can interfere with hormone levels.
The federal proposal is against triclosan and other antibacterial ingredients.
The FDA first tasked with investigating triclosan and similar ingredients about 40 years ago.