Triclosan (or triclocarban) is an antimicrobial agent that’s been found in more than 75 percent of liquid hand soaps in the U.S and Canada, as well as in cutting boards, garden hoses, fabrics and plastics.
It’s in all these consumer products, yet:
• It disrupts hormones and may affect fetal growth and development;
• It’s been found in our bodies and in breast milk;
• Mounting evidence links it to the rise of “superbugs” – antibiotic-resistant bacteria;
• It doesn’t break down easily in the environment, so it builds up in lakes, rivers and other water sources, where it’s toxic to aquatic life; and
• Studies show that triclosan is NO more effective at preventing illness or removing germs than soap and water – even the FDA found no evidence that antibacterial washes containing triclosan were superior.
What can you do? You can sign this petition here with the Campaign for safe cosmetics, it takes less than one minute!
You can learn how to make your own liquid hand soap!
Here is an easy recipe:
HOMEMADE VANILLA AND PEPPERMINT LIQUID HAND SOAP
1 cup of liquid organic castille soap unscented
1/4 cup aloe vera
20 drops of vanilla essential oil
20 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix all the ingredient together in a pomp bottle , that’s it easy and ready to use!
Tips for Avoiding Triclosan
♦ Look on cosmetics ingredient labels – particularly the active ingredients – for “triclosan” or “triclocarban.” If you see them, don’t buy the product.
♦ Find triclosan-free products using the Skin Deep Database Advanced Search.
♦ Alcohol-based antibacterial sprays and gels are generally safer than triclosan-containing products, but many of those products contain other ingredients, like “fragrance,” that are concerning. Look for sanitizers that use organic alcohol or a blend of antimicrobial essential oils, and that list all ingredients (including those in any “fragrance”) on the label.
♦ Contact companies to let them know that you’re concerned about triclosan, and that you won’t be using their products until they remove triclosan and other harmful chemicals. (Companies’ hotline numbers can be found online or on product containers).