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Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent first developed in the 1960s and introduced in 1972 for use in health care facilities, and now it's in antibacterial soaps and cleaners. Only it turns out that triclosan is no more effective than soap and water or alcohol-based cleansers. And not only that, but its dioxins pose a real danger.

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Triclosan In Our Lives

Triclosan is in a variety of products, primarily liquid antibacterial soap and body washes. And once it moves through the wastewater treatment process and into surface waters, it is exposed to sunlight and chlorine, which cause it to transform into dangerous dioxins and other carcinogens. Triclosan-derived dioxins have increased by 200% to 300% in Mississippi River sediment samples, and 58% of U.S. streams have been found to contain triclosan.

Triclosan In Our Bodies

We're exposed to triclosan through all sorts of ways — ingestion, skin contact, and inhalation. Triclosan has been found in human urine, breast milk, and blood around the globe — 75% of Americans test positive for triclosan. Multiple studies have shown harmful effects from triclosan including increased allergy susceptibility, risks to endocrine systems, impacts to healthy muscle function, and risks to healthy fetal development. Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Health and Mayo Clinic indicate that the widespread use of triclosan could result in bacteria that are resistant to antimicrobials.

Progress To Protect Health

In addition to the statewide bans enacted and currently being considered, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, and Colgate- Palmolive are removing triclosan from some or all of their products.