The Water’s Great but Watch Out for the Soap!

23 May


Here is a new word of the day: Triclosan

It’s a chemical and antibacterial agent that is found in soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics, deodorants, and many other products. Apparently it is so common that it’s difficult to avoid. One study found triclosan in the bodies of 75 percent of people tested.  

That’s a lot of people…and triclosan!
And now, of course, and as you might have guessed, many experts are saying that it doesn’t just kill bacteria but it is also known for altering hormones, interfering with muscle function, causing allergies, and spawning resistant germs…But product manufacturers, of course and as you also might have guessed, say that triclosan is safe in humans…so?…Who to believe?
Well a little investigative, computer research found that… Triclosan does penetrate the skin on contact and enters the bloodstream… A 2010 study found that children who had higher exposure to triclosan had a higher incidence of hay fever. Triclosan is toxic to aquatic bacteria at levels found in the environment. Triclosan inhibits phoysynthesis in diatom algae, which are responsible for a large part of the photosynthesis on Earth!…and several studies have found that Triclosan has estrogen effects on the body and has been linked to breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, and a whole host of other health problems.
And finally Triclosan also has been employed as an effective selective agent in molecular cloning!
I don’t know about you but when an ingredient used in a common household product can also be the subject of a science fiction novel, I say let’s stop using it.
But here’s the real kicker…although Triclosan is used in three-quarters of antibacterial liquid soaps and body washes…according to the Food and Drug Administration….plain soap is just as effective as triclosan-containing antibacterial washes in removing bacteria from hands and preventing illness! So in other words…IT DOESN’T EVEN WORK!
I’ve never understood why companies have to add all sorts of chemicals to products that otherwise would work just fine especially when the added chemicals are dangerous and ineffective. If you want to fool me into thinking that your product is new and improved just tell me that, or make up a name for the special additive that you really aren’t adding and don’t add it! How would I know? I just want to wash my hands!
When I was younger, whenever I would see an Ivory soap commercial that would claim that Ivory soap was 99 and 44/100% pure, I would always wonder…pure what? Pure Ivory? So I looked it up and Ivory soap contained: sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate, sodium palm kernelate, water, sodium chloride, sodium sillicate, magnesium sulfate and fragrance….So I guess it’s pure sodium? With fragrance of course so it doesn’t smell like crap…but at least it doesn’t have Triclosan!
Because apparently that stuff will make you…sickeningly… clean.
So far it has been banned in Minnesota but if you don’t live there you can
  • Stay away from products labeled “antibacterial,” “antimicrobial,” or “germ killing.
  • Use nontoxic soap for hand-washing and bathing (what a concept!)
  • Avoid “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial” household items such as cutting boards, towels, shoes, clothing, and bedding because those products are often impregnated with triclosan.

Good luck! And may the faucet be with us!


11 Responses to “The Water’s Great but Watch Out for the Soap!”

  1. howsyourlovelife May 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    This is so frustrating…as a Mom doing most of the shopping and trying to make the best choices, I have paid more for the anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, etc products for years.

  2. W E Patterson May 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Just the fact that is banned in Minnesota is enough proof for me. Those folks had non-smoking sections in restaurants before anyone else.

  3. Ravi Chander May 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Reblogged this on M u s i n g s and commented:
    Most soaps have Triclosan. If your’s does, then throw it away right now. Read on…

  4. Ravi Chander May 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Wow, what an eye-opener. Had to re-blog it. Thanks!

    My granny and other women of her generation used gram-flour as soap. I thought that was archaic and thanks to the prolific soap ads on radio, tvs, print media, I like many others got attracted to any new fancy soap that came along. Little did I know.

    Here is a nice post on how to make gram-flour soap at home –

    I am going to try that. Thanks for your post.

  5. Lorra B. May 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Great, yet terrifying read…thanks for the “ookies!” 🙂

  6. makagutu May 23, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Soaps, why they add so many things to them is beyond when water is the cleaning agent and could remove most stains without any additive.

  7. Barbara Backer-Gray May 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    Oh boy. I knew antibacterial soaps were no good, but this is terrible!

  8. Joanna May 24, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Wow. I always go for the antibacterial product. What an eye-opener. Will share this post. Thank you.

  9. Outlier Babe May 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    THAT’s what I get for ignoring your compliment on my About page. Almost missed this post. Thought I knew all about this nasty stuff, but hadn’t known about the link to breast cancer. May google for that research myself. Although, now I’m supposed to mistrust even source documents if I’m not part of the oral community of scientists:

    “‘Read all the online stuff you want’, Collins argues—or even read the professional scientific literature from the perspective of an outsider or amateur. You’ll absorb a lot of information, but you’ll still never have what he terms ‘interactional expertise’, which is the sort of expertise developed by getting to know a community of scientists intimately, and getting a feeling for what they think.”

  10. TamrahJo June 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    I never did jump on the ‘anti-bacterial’ wagon and now, so glad I didn’t – – for cleaning/maintaining health and beauty, you can hardly beat the following for just about anything:

    baking soda
    lemon juice
    white vinegar
    coconut oil
    raw honey
    salt (epsom ones included)

    These items (not all together) individually can take care of many of the tasks the vast array of household/beauty treatments do – and they are much more affordable! LOL

  11. July 2, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    i’ve been using ivory since forever & it just took me forever to find the list of ingredients. they aren’t on the bottles. they aren’t listed at amazon.the funny part fragrance .there isn’t supposed to be a tregrance that’s the whole point, but peopel at amazon love the fragrance.

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