Sunday, December 5, 2010


     Triclosan is a common ingredient found in antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, household cleaners and more. The scientific community has suggested it's contribution to several health issues:
            * antibiotic-resistient bacteria ("superbugs")
            * identical chemical structure of highly-toxic substance known to cause cancer
            * recently linked to an increased risk of hay fever or allergies

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     I am a little bit of a germ-o-phob, but we got rid of all our antibacterial soaps (trust me- I HATED parting with my fancy soaps). Numerous studies have proven that plain soap and water are just as effective as their triclosan containing counterparts. 
     In our house we use Trader Joes "Next to Godliness" handsoap. It's important to note that you won't get the typical "sudsing" effect when you use the pure stuff (God only knows it takes some chemical magic to make that stuff suds up like it does).
     Minnesota congresswoman, Betty McCollom has called on the FDA to ban use of the toxic chemical. A full review of the product is expected to congress in April of 2011. In the mean time, please do yourself a favor and be anti-anti-bacterial.
Anti-Bacterials No More Effective than Soap and water

Congresswoman Calls for ban of Triclosan

Triclosan increases risk of allergies

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