Posted on

Triclosan Soap: Is it Safe? Old Research Revisited Now

Is Triclosan Soap Safe?
Spread the love

Triclosan soap is an antibacterial and antifungal in many soaps, cleaning products, and toothpastes. Is it safe though? We take a more in-depth look here.

Is Triclosan Soap Safe?
Is Triclosan Soap Safe?

What is Triclosan soap?

Triclosan soap is an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient in a variety of body soaps, cleaning products, and toothpastes. Most often, this compound is found in “antibacterial” soaps; over 75 percent of all soaps and body washes contain this chemical. Because of the influx of negative press, companies are now marketing triclosan under a variety of different names, including Ultra Fresh, Amicor, and Bio Fresh.

Triclosan is in some antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics. These products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also can be found in clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys. These products not regulated by the FDA.

This means you should also be careful to avoid this toxin in other household items you buy for your family. Particularly when they are for use by children. Children are smaller and less developed and they have a harder time with these chemicals.

Read More From Us: Is Antibacterial Soap Bad? A Genuine Look into Myths

Triclosan Soap: Key Points

  • Triclosan is a harsh chemical in use in cleaners and soaps to help kill bacteria.
  • In December 2017 the FDA ruled that Triclosan can no longer be used in antiseptic products.
  • Triclosan is known to be toxic to humans. It can also cause toxic chemicals to form with chlorinated tap water.
  • Triclosan soaps can cause harm to the environment when they leach into the water supply through drainage.

Hand Sanitizer

In December 2017, the FDA issued a final rule regarding certain OTC health-care antiseptic products. As a result, companies will not be able to use triclosan or 23 other active ingredients in these products without premarket review due to insufficient data regarding their safety and effectiveness. The FDA recently issued a final rule on OTC hand sanitizers and will continue to review the three active ingredients commonly used in hand sanitizers.

This rule has been active for several years so it’s unlikely to find any of this in the USA. However, in other places that aren’t regulated you may still find some bottles of triclosan hand sanitizer. Make sure you to double check the label when you are traveling. Especially if you are abroad.

See Also: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Free Soaps: 4 Reasons Why it’s Bad

Why is Triclosan soap so bad?

Chemically, triclosan is a chlorinated aromatic compound that is both an ether and a phenol. The compound is only slightly water soluble. When triclosan is combined with chlorinated tap water, a chemical reaction occurs and harmful toxins are produced. This can occur during every day tasks like washing your hands. These toxins can be harmful in many ways. Many have been shown interfere with mammal endocrine systems.

Moreover, children who have had high levels of exposure to triclosan have shown to have higher rates of allergies.

Another reason for the ban is that it is a likely contributor to bacterial resistance. Bacterial resistance is when potentially dangerous pathogens develop resistances to antibacterials and antibiotics. However, like many causes, it is very difficult to prove causation. As we know correlation is not causation.

Triclosan soap and the Environment

High levels of triclosan can damage aquatic plant life and algae. Although we don’t think much about the little green guys in the water, triclosan’s effect on algae is particularly troubling. The compound inhibits algae’s photosynthesis process and algae, as a bi-product of photosynthesis, produces a huge percentage of Earth’s oxygen. This ultimately disrupts the ecosystem in the ocean and on land.

A reduction oxygen may mean an increase in other greenhouse gasses. Something often associated with Climate Change. It’s important to remember that the environment is one big web of life. We don’t want to disrupt that in any way!

Because it is in a variety of products, triclosan soap is typically washing down the drain and into our water system. While water treatment plants can remove much of the offending chemical, some amount stays in the water and the residual buildup can lead to harmful accumulation.

Which Soap to Use?

Capulet Soaps, of course! Researchers have studied the difference between antibacterial soap and normal soap, (like Capulet Soap), and found that normal soap is as effective as antibacterial soap. As well, the FDA itself says that just plain soap and water are the safest all around.

All of our soaps at Capulet are 100% Handmade Organic and do not contain any harmful chemicals. We pride ourselves on selling a product that is very close to the Earth. All of our ingredients are wholesome and grown right here in the USA.

So whether you’re washing in the tub, shower, or river basin, grab your bar of our soap and get scrubbin!

Check out our collection of natural soaps here!

Triclosan Soap: Skin Care Takeaways

  • Triclosan is a harsh chemical in used in many cleaners and soaps to help kill bacteria.
  • In December 2017 the FDA ruled that Triclosan can no longer be in use in antiseptic products.
  • Triclosan is toxic to humans. It can also cause toxic chemicals to form with chlorinated tap water.
  • Triclosan soaps can cause harm to the environment when they leach into the water supply through drainage.

At Capulet Soaps USA we pride ourselves on bringing you the best in Beauty, Soap, and DIY content. Check out our Blog that we update weekly for more fresh content.

If you enjoyed this piece please support us by picking up one of our All-Natural bars of handmade soap over at our Shop. Thank you for reading.

After you fall in love with our soap, the only thing we ask, is that you refer us to your friends! That’s how our business really grows. Sound fair enough? Shop now!