Why Antibacterial Soaps Are A Bad Idea
Triclosan is the antibacterial agent commonly found in antibacterial soaps, lotions, acne products, cosmetics and other personal care products. It is classified as a pesticide by the EPA and as a drug by the FDA. The EPA considers it a possible risk to human health and to the environment.
“Chemically triclosan is almost the same as some of the most toxic chemicals on earth: dioxins, PCB’s, and Agent Orange. Its manufacturing process may produce dioxin, a powerful hormone-disrupting chemical with toxic effects in the parts per trillion (one drop in 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools!). If you use any products containing triclosan, my advice to you is to stop using them immediately and throw them away.”
- Dr. Christine H. Farlow, "Dying to Look Good"
A different perspective on triclosan and why it should be banned can be found here . But no matter which camp you're in, we can all agree that triclosan does not belong in the personal care products that we use everyday. Washing with plain soap and water has been proven to be just as effective.