Wednesday, June 8, 2011


 Triclosan is an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent used in soaps, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, mouthwashes, cleaning products and infused in many consumer products.  Has shown an overabundance of use has caused resistant strains of bacteria to develop much like antibiotic resistant bacteria.  In other words we have made bacteria adapt and grow resistant our desire to rid it from our body or home or work or school.

Health concern: in the body it alters hormone regulation and makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
check your label: it is required to be listed in the ingredients if it is used

Triclosan may be in these products:

  • soap and dish washing liquid
  • towels
  • mattresses
  • sponges
  • personal care products
  • shower curtains
  • toothbrushes
  • phones
  • kitchenware and plastic food containers
  • shoes
  • flooring and carpets
  • cutting boards
  • clothing and fabrics
  • toys

Tips to control germs:

To protect your family’s health from harmful microorganisms, follow these helpful tips from the Environmental Protection Agency:
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with plain soap.
  • Wash surfaces that contact food (e.g., utensils, cutting boards, counter tops) with a regular (not "antibacterial") detergent and warm water.
  • Wash children's hands and toys regularly. Again, simple soap and good old-fashioned scrubbing will suffice.

What to use instead?  Go organic, find products that use tea tree oil, plain ol' soap (organic/all natural), even ethanol/ethyl alcohol, vinegar and citrus oil works wonders as cleaners. 

Simply put I look for products with ingredients I can pronounce as well as know what is that ingredient really.


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