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Thursday, September 11, 2014


28 Surprising Places Triclosan Hides

HealthyAeon - 2:04 AM

by Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Does your toothpaste, deodorant or cutting board contain triclosan?

Triclosan is an antimicrobial recently banned by Minnesota and under scrutiny by the FDA for altering hormone regulation and fostering the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It’s found in about 75 percent of liquid antibacterial soaps and 30 percent of soap bars.

But it’s hard to know if the chemical lurks in the hygiene, beauty and food prep products you use every day. Some manufacturers either bury the chemical in fine print on labels, or don’t list it at all, hiding triclosan in with other “anti-microbial” compounds including:

  • Microban
  • Cloxifenolum
  • Lexol-300
  • Additive B
  • Irgasan (DP 300 or PG 60)
  • Ster-Zac.
Colgate Total toothpaste has drawn fire for containing triclosan. But many other popular items contain the chemical. Some manufacturers are reformulating products to remove triclosan, but it’s hard to know which are now triclosan-free.

Here are products that could contain the chemical, according to Beyond Pesticides. Make sure you check labels before buying.
  • Yoga mats
  • Liquid and bar soap
  • Toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes
  • Lip gloss, foundation, mascara, moisturizers
  • Cutting boards
  • Ice cream scoops
  • Deodorants
  • Antiseptics, sunburn aids, medicated sprays
  • Acne medications
  • Socks and underwear
  • Pencils, binders and scissors with Microban protection
  • Humidifiers
  • Ear plugs
  • Sports helmets
  • Wallpaper
  • Paint
  • Paper towels
If you don’t think triclosan belongs in toothpaste, consider signing this Care2 petition. Or if you use another product that contains triclosan, consider creating your own petition asking the manufacturer to choose safer ingredients.

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