15 Best Antibacterial Soaps that Kill Bacteria and Viruses Effectively

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The rise of pollution and viruses, in specific, the Corona Virus, has everyone realized the importance of skin hygiene and cleanliness. Yes, we can be safe by locking ourselves from the outside world but we still need to go out for work, school, and food. With that kind of exposure, having the best antibacterial skincare is crucial in today's time as the spread of the virus is increasing. 

Does antibacterial soap work?

Antibacterial soap is used as a disinfectant for its formula of loosening up bacteria and viruses off your skin so that the pesky germs can be washed away easily. With anti-bacteria ingredients such as triclosan or a natural alternative, tea tree, it stops bacteria that remains on your skin from reproducing.

Regular soap, however, does help cleanse the skin, but don't necessarily kill viruses or bacteria as it simply helps you wash them off your skin. That’s why you’ll need one with antibacterial features. With that said, continue reading for some of the best antibacterial soap for various skin types.

Protex Antibacterial Bar Soap

RM 5.9
Protex
1. Protex Antibacterial Bar Soap
Best affordable antiseptic soap

Protex has been in Malaysia for a few generations and is well known as the most affordable antibacterial body soap that you can get at the ‘kedai runcit’ near your house. This soap is gentle on the skin and is ideal for everyday use. It is dermatology tested and is very effective in inhibiting the regrowth of bacteria without drying out your skin. RM 5.90 for a pack of 3? Now that's a steal!

Bud's Everyday Head to Toe Cleanser

RM 29.28
Bud's
2. Bud's Everyday Head to Toe Cleanser
Best antiseptic soap for babies

Baby needs more protection from bacteria and viruses as their anti-body is still developing. Crawling and putting fingers in their mouth lead to more germs exposure. Hence why this amino acid-based cleanser from Buds Everyday Head To Toe can help protect your child. It soothes and hydrates skin and effectively gets rid of dirt and germs. Moreover, the soap can be used as hair shampoo, due to its mild formula that does not stings your baby's eyes.

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash Fragrance-Free

RM 36
Best body wash for itchy skin
Aveeno
3. Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash Fragrance-Free
Best antiseptic soap for dry skin

True to its name, this body wash does more than skin cleansing. It removes dirt and impurities while providing soothing relief for dry, itchy skin. This unique formula is enriched with oats to nourish without disrupting the skin's natural barrier. Not only it kept the skin clean and give supreme moisture, your skin will also look healthy and glowing. No more ashy, flaky skin!

Sebamed Cleansing Bar

RM 11.9
Sebamed
4. Sebamed Cleansing Bar
Best antiseptic soap for acne-prone skin

Sebamed is well known for its well-made , clinically proven formula and this cleansing bar is perfect for reducing pimples, blackheads, dirt, germs and skin impurities as it is made with mild pore-cleansing agents. 100% soap-free and alkali-free, this amino acid-based bar contains skin-related sugar inulin to help smoothen bumpiness on the skin without stripping its natural moisture. 

Himalaya Herbals Antibacterial /Antifungal Aactaril Soap

RM 25
Himalaya Herbals
5. Himalaya Herbals Antibacterial /Antifungal Aactaril Soap
Best antiseptic soap for body

This soap is great to be used after a long day of work or after a sweaty workout because of its deep cleansing properties. It prevents skin infections on sweaty areas with natural Ayurvedic recipe which are clinically tested by dermatologists. With ingredients such as Pongamia Glabra, Barbari, and Nimba, the soap can kill bacteria microbes and fungal.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Daily Face Cleanser

RM 25
Thursday Plantation
6. Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Daily Face Cleanser
Best antiseptic soap for face

This Aussie based brand is a firm believer in naturally derived ingredients and this cleanser contains the best Tea Tree extracts nature can give. This cleanser mildly removes dirt, bacteria, and impurities without stripping the skin's natural oils. Free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, and other harmful chemicals, this cruelty-free cleanser balanced out the pH, minimizing stress to the skin.

Aesepso Antiseptic Soap

RM 2.5
7. Aesepso Antiseptic Soap
Best antiseptic soap for wounds

Invented back in the 19th Century, this soap is considered one of the first of many antiseptic soaps. Created to cooled prickly heat and skin infections this soap is suitable for hot climate countries. Ingredients containing 2% binary germ killer and 4% activator, this soap is safe to be used for wounds. The cooling effect will help soothes the skin and the emollients will alleviate skin infections reducing bacteria on your wounds.

Cetaphil Restoraderm Body Wash 295ML

RM 53
Cetaphil
8. Cetaphil Restoraderm Body Wash 295ML
Best antiseptic soap for eczema

Received a seal of approval from the National Eczema Association, this creamy wash is clinically proven to provide moisture enhance cleansing, while treating dry-sensitive skin. Fragrance and parabens free, it is tested hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic so it won't irritate or clog pores. Great product to gently cleanse from germs while healing the skin.

Dettol Shower Foam Gold Daily Clean

RM 23.95
Dettol
9. Dettol Shower Foam Gold Daily Clean
Best antiseptic soap for tattoos

You are proud of your new meaningful tattoo, it is beautiful and vibrant. But then.. you remember that it's sore and it's an open wound. An infection that leads to a scar will ruin that expensive ink and this soap will help prevent that from happening. A household brand of antiseptic soaps, this body wash allows your skin to breathe and keeps dirt from sticking to your wound.

Gramophone Medicated Soap

RM 14.1
Gramophone
10. Gramophone Medicated Soap
Best antiseptic soap for boils

Boils, a disastrous version of pimple and commonly occurs on armpits, buttocks or parts of your body where there is a high presence of friction and to sweat. If you are prone to boils this soap will be your lifesaver! It contains Triclosan which provides effective antibacterial action, fighting bacteria deep into the pores and also gives an overall body odour protection.

Himalaya Herbals Neem and Tumeric Soap

RM 6.8
Himalaya Herbals
11. Himalaya Herbals Neem and Tumeric Soap
Best antiseptic soap for oily skin

Neem and Turmeric have been known for hundreds of years as an all-natural, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal skin remedy. Combining the old ways with new technology, this soap protects your skin from harsh polluted air and controls oil production so that you won't look greasy throughout the day. Turmeric helps to smoothen the skin giving it elasticity and suppleness to the touch.

Steriline SurgiBath 4% Antiseptic Body Wash

RM 6.9
Steriline
12. Steriline SurgiBath 4% Antiseptic Body Wash
Best antiseptic soap with chlorhexidine gluconate

Created for pre and post-operative bathing for patients, this body wash is the best of the best recommended by doctors and hospitals. This soap has been tested to kill viruses such as E.coli, MRSA, E.Hirae, Aureus, Epidermis, and P.Eruginosa within 60 seconds. It can be used as a shampoo or as a detergent to wipe down surfaces of daily use appliances such as your phone!

Antabax Antibacterial Protect Soap

RM 5
Antabax
13. Antabax Antibacterial Protect Soap
Best antiseptic soap with triclosan

Clinically tested to be gentle on most delicate skin, this daily body soap helps protects you from 99.9% harmful germs for 24-hours. Plus with its Derma Protect System that contains Micro Moisture Serum, it leaves your skin supple, smooth and soft. It contains a good amount of Triclosan to kill bacteria and viruses off the skin, without disrupting out the natural moisture barrier.

Good Virtues Co. Anti-Bacterial & Refreshing Shower Cream

RM 17.5
Good Virtues Co.
14. Good Virtues Co. Anti-Bacterial & Refreshing Shower Cream
Best overall antiseptic soap

Intensely replenish your skin with this protective shower cream. With the key ingredients of Black Seed Oil, your skin will feel and look amazing after the first use. Free of unnecessary fragrance and chemicals, this cruelty-free soap is made for all skin types. Rich in antioxidants for youthfulness and high in anti-bacterial properties to shield you from bacteria and infections, a great all in one product.

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