Most people today probably use an antibacterial soap at home. In the Nineteen-teens, before the vaccine era, a germ-killing soap was even more of a necessity to help combat disease and keep people healthy. Around 1900, U.S. doctors asked Johnson & Johnson to make a disinfectant soap that would help them wash their hands, disinfect instruments, and keep patients clean. The Company’s response was Synol Soap.
Johnson & Johnson frequently made products that served unmet needs in health care, such as the first First Aid products. This philosophy went back to the Company’s first-ever