Triclosan is not a household word, but it is found in most households. It is an antibacterial chemical (a pesticide) that is found in sponges, socks and shoes, plastic pens, liquid soaps and detergents, kitchen utensils, toothbrushes and toothpaste, cosmetics and make-up brushes, deodorants and other personal care products, sheets and towels, cutting boards, mops, keyboards, baby toys, hoses, humidifiers, paints and wall coverings to name a few! This common chemical is intended to make consumers safer, but it is
one of many things in our lives where the risks outweigh the benefits.
To that point, a growing body of science shows that triclosan can disrupt hormones and create antibiotic resistance as well as contribute to other serious health problems in humans. Since it is now found in so many everyday products, our exposure to the chemical has increased significantly over the past several decades. In a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, triclosan was detected in the urine of nearly 75 per cent of those tested (2,517 people ages six years and older). Triclosan¹s negative effects are also seen in aquatic life when the chemical is washed down our drains. The FDA has been evaluating triclosan for about 40 years (!) to determine whether or not it is safe. We may actually get a ruling sometime this year but I¹m not holding my breath!
Soap and water is just as effective at killing germs as triclosan. Look on labels and avoid anything antibacterial. For more information, see article here.