Honey for your cuts and scrapesAfter washing a cut, pour a dab of honey on it before covering it with a bandage. Believe it or not, honey has powerful antibacterial properties. A recent study found that it was capable of destroying almost all strains of the most common wound-infecting bacteria.
Reaching for the soap bottle labeled "antibacterial" won't necessarily reduce your risk of getting sick or passing illness along to others-in fact, there is no evidence that antibacterial soaps are more effective than regular ones. In fact, long term exposure to some ingredients in these products, such as triclosan, may pose health risks like bacterial resistance or hormonal effects, according to a 2013 FDA statement.