@jennythelib - I'm glad you brought up triclosan, because you do still see it in a lot of antibacterial hand soaps. I think more and more people are starting to be aware of it, though. The FDA is currently reviewing its safety, at the FDA's notorious glacial pace, and it might actually be taken off the market.
Interestingly, triclosan soap has never been shown in studies to have any benefit over regular soap. The only thing triclosan has been shown to really do is prevent gingivitis, as a toothpaste additive (presumably because it helps kill germs).
I agree that the article has some good nontoxic suggestions, and the emphasis on staying moisturized is important. Skin that is moisturized and smooth is more resistant to germs than dry, cracked skin.