Another Poison on Our Kitchen Counters

by Patrick on August 17, 2010

Illustration of PatrickOver 30 years ago the FDA identified two chemicals (triclosan and triclocarban) that were harmful to the human body.

The Agency recommended the removal of products that contain these two chemicals in 1978.

The Agency did nothing to remove these products from the shelves they knew was harmful.

In fact over the last ten years, there are more of these products on the shelves everyday.

Our grocery stores, our homes have been flooded with these chemicals.

These chemicals are popping up everywhere, from classrooms to banks, to the back seat of parent’s cars.

They’re everywhere.

New data is revealing that these two chemicals affect the human body’s production of hormones. Having negative effects on sperm quality and can damage reproductive organs.

It’s the new product in personal care everyone’s been raging about.

It’s antimicrobial soap.

So check the label of your favorite hand sanitizer. Antimicrobial soap is different than antibacterial soap. Although the research on both isn’t favorable.


Chris Anthony August 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I don’t use antibacterial soap because studies have demonstrated that it takes twenty minutes of washing to be more effective than standard hand soap, and because its use carries the very real use of reinforcing the evolution of super-resistant bacteria on our hands and in the sewers where it’s washed away. I figured antimicrobial soap was more of the same. (In fact, the FDA found that there was no difference between triclocarban washes and normal soap and water.)

Interesting to find out that there are other reasons to avoid those products.
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Jessica August 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Interesting post. I looked on the FDA’s site and (for what it’s worth) they say that there are no studies showing that triclosan is harmful to humans but they are reviewing recent animal studies showing the potential for harm. The FDA has evidence that triclosan is effective at fighting gingivitis when added to toothpaste but the site says (as you note above) they have been provided with no evidence that triclosan provides any benefit over soap and water. So – if there’s NO benefit and potential harm, why is it everywhere?? It is so hard to find liquid hand soap that isn’t “antibacterial”. So frustrating.
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Megan August 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Hi Jessica – I know the Method soaps that they sell at Target are triclosan free.