This pesticide (yes, we said pesticide) is a hormone disruptor found in thousands of products like toothpaste, cutting boards, yoga mats, hand soap, and cosmetics. It can also encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, and has been found in waterways and human breast milk.
Potential health effects include:
- Endocrine (hormone) disruption
- Potential antibiotic resistance
- Pregnancy problems
- Impaired muscle function
- Water pollution
- Altered thyroid hormone receptor
- Learning disabilities
- Liver and inhalation toxicity
- Skin, eye, and lung irritation
Commonly used in:
- Antibacterial soaps
- School supplies (pencils, calculators, scissors)
- Plastic toys
- Cleaning supplies
- Laundry products
- Cutting boards
- Textiles (clothing, shoes, bedding)
Check the label: avoid products with the words triclosan and triclocarban on the ingredient labels of personal care products, soaps and hand sanitizers. Triclosan may also marketed under the trade name Microban™ when used in plastics and clothing, and Biofresh™ when used in acrylic fibers.
Be wary of products like cutting boards that are labeled as “anti-microbial” or “anti-bacterial.”
Stick to washing your hands with hot water and soap and alcohol based hand sanitizers when on the go.
Tell retailers to stop selling products made with triclosan and other chemicals.
* Under our weak federal laws, it’s impossible for us to know all the uses of triclosan in consumer products. As a result, this is not an exhaustive list of all products containing triclosan.