The chemical, triclosan, is a synthetic, broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent that in recent years has
exploded onto the consumer market in a wide variety of antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, cosmetics, fabrics,
plastics, and other products. Studies have increasingly linked triclosan to a range of health and environmental effects, from skin irritation, allergy susceptibility, bacterial and compounded antibiotic resistant, and dioxin contamination
to destruction of fragile aquatic ecosystems.
What to do? Stop using products with triclosan (like Dial Liquid Soap and Colgate Total, among many others). Find alternatives and,
Because triclosan has become so ubiquitous in soaps and
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Regular soaps lower the surface tension of water, and thus wash away unwanted bacteria. Lather hands for at least 10 to 15 seconds and then rinse of in warm water. It is important to wash hands often, especially when handling food, before eating, after going to the bathroom, and when someone in your house is sick.
- Dry hands with a clean towel to help brush off any germs that did not get washed down the drain
- Wash surfaces that come in contact with food with a detergent and water
- Wash children’s hands and toys regularly to prevent infection
toiletries, make sure to read all ingredients when buying
these products. There are also some essential oils that
have antimicrobial properties, such as Australian tea tree
oil, grapefruit seed extract, and pine oil.