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Is Hand Soap Dangerous?

Is Hand Soap Dangerous?

GOOD Magazine

April 09, 2010

You probably don’t want to know, because chances are good that it contains something kind of awful called triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial/antifungal that is so widely used that it is found in the urine of 75 percent of the population according to the CDC, and has also been found in human breast milk. This despite there being truckloads of scientific data that says it is not safe for human and environmental exposure.

Triclosan has been fingered in the proliferation of drug-resistant bacteria, it’s a human allergen, and it’s a known and potent hormone disruptor capable of wreaking havon on animal and plant life—as well as human bodies. It can mess with thyroid function and reproductive hormones, which is bad news for all of us.

The good news is, concern about it is mounting, and The Washington Post reported yesterday that the FDA—which generally doesn’t seem to like to get in the way when it comes to personal care products—might be doing something about it. Meanwhile, environmentalists, activists, and state policymakers are trying to get the FDA and EPA to ban it from market in instances where it isn’t absolutely necessary (such as by surgeons scrubbing in—which was its original intended use).

In the meantime, you can keep yourself away from the stuff by checking ingredient lists and using simple soaps and hot water to wash your hands.

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    over 4 years ago


    I have heard this as well secquoria

  • Summa07_308_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    I actually heard that using bar soap in general spread bacteria... Has anyone else heard this?

  • Dsc_0084_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Wow, this article is indeed very informative. Hand soap being dangerous... who knew? Does anyone know of any progress the FDA and EPA are making? Why hasn't this information gone viral on all the news channels and media??

    I have read how certain hand soaps could be dangerous but never really knew which ingredient to look for--now I know. I will be emailing this article to all my colleagues, family and friends!

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    almost 5 years ago


    " Dangers of Hand Soap / Triclosan": "Very informative article for all Healthcare Personnel with
    regards to the use of bar soap for general,bathroom usage,especially STC / LTC facilities.
    Triclosan,( drug-resistant bacteria ), has been listed as," hospital-acquired /communicable",
    affecting the lives of healthcare employees,as well as prolonging patient's hospital stays from
    10-15%,on average,yet many housekeeping departments will still use," Cost-Efficient Brands".
    **It doesn't hurt to carry," miniature,soap samples / bottles with you, $1-$ 2.00 ,in your scrubs".

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