Antibacterial soaps are touted to be something that gets rid of 99.9% of germs and bacteria. There is one ingredient that is found in many of these soaps however that is being called out as unsafe and unhealthy. It is starting to become banned in some states. That one ingredient is called triclosan.
Triclosan is found in a wide variety of products such as toothpaste, soap, and different body washes. The Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, recently signed a bill that would ban triclosan in different hygiene products. They are the first state to sign in this kind of ban and probably will not be the last. The ban is supposed to go into effect in 2017.
The reason that people are investigating this ingredient is because it has been shown to mess with the way your hormones regulate your body according to multiple animal studies. The FDA states that there is triclosan in around 75% of all antibacterial liquid soaps when it really doesn’t do much more than regular soap and water does. They are conducting studies but at this time there is not enough information to show exactly how triclosan affects humans.
There are many different things that triclosan has no effect on at all such as illnesses like the flu. One of the biggest problems is that the more triclosan that is used the more antibiotic-resistant bacteria develops. There have been known pollution issues such as water pollution that is caused by triclosan. With all of these negatives and no known benefits of the ingredient it wouldn’t be a surprise if companies started leaving this ingredient out of their products sooner than the 2017 ban.