Hibiclens –
everyday skin protection at home

Antimicrobial – kills or stops the growth of microorganisms

Antiseptic – inhibits the growth of disease-causing microorganisms

Bactericidal – causes the death of bacteria

Strong for hospital use. Gentle for everyday use.1

Hibiclens antiseptic skin cleanser is strong enough to kill some of the toughest hospital germs but gentle enough for routine family hand washing. Hibiclens begins killing germs on contact2 and continues killing up to 99% of germs for up to 24 hours.3

Hibiclens is the #1 pharmacist-recommended antibacterial soap.4

The 24-hour difference

Unlike other antibacterial soaps on the market, Hibiclens not only begins killing germs immediately, it bonds with the skin and keeps on killing microorganisms for up to 24 hours,3 even after washing. Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) provides extended protection against a wide range of bacteria, including staph, strep, salmonella and E. coli.5

Non CHG antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers offer no lasting defense after the soap is rinsed off or the alcohol has dried. This means that, even after using these products, you’re susceptible to germs simply by touching a contaminated surface.

Who needs Hibiclens?

Families – The average person comes in contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing them to 840,000 germs6 – but using Hibiclens as a hand wash on a regular basis can help protect you and your family!

Caregivers –  Protect yourself and your patient with an antiseptic that begins killing germs on contact2 but is gentle enough for daily use.1

Pre/post-operative – Many hospitals and care centers recommend the use of Hibiclens prior to procedures and once back home again to protect against surgical site infections (SSIs).

Athletes – Body contact and equipment sharing are common causes of staph infections that can be passed between team members, but using Hibiclens regularly can help protect against these sidelining infections every day.

How Hibiclens works

The active ingredient in Hibiclens is 4% CHG, which helps reduce bacteria that can potentially cause disease. Proven to be gentle enough for daily use,1 Hibiclens leaves a layer of protection without any sticky residue after it is rinsed off.

Do I need a prescription to buy Hibiclens?

No, Hibiclens is available over the counter at drug stores, at major retailers such as Target and Walmart and online. Look for it in the First Aid section. Your healthcare professional may recommend you use Hibiclens for various reasons, but a prescription is not required for use. See more FAQs

  1. PRACs Report #R05-0225
  2. Paulson, Daryl S. Persistent and Residual Antimicrobial Effects: Are They Important in the Clinical Setting? Infection Control Today 2005; Vol 9. No 4.
  3. MBT Study No. 582-106, Study Protocol # 582.
  4. https://www.otcguide.net/recommendations/antibacterial-soaps
  5. Denton, G. Chlorhexidine. In: Block S, ed. Disinfection, Sterilization, and Preservation, 4thPhiladelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1991:274-89.3.T
  6. 2012 Tork Report: The Sustainability Gap