There's Antibacterial Chemicals in My What?

There's Antibacterial Chemicals in My What?

Recently the FDA made the recommendation that Triclosan be removed from antibacterial soap because there wasn't enough evidence to determine if it was effective. The problem with Triclosan is it is a hormone disruptor and has been linked to liver toxicity. Companies that use it in their soap have one year to remove it from their products.

Read more about the FDA Ban

We did a little investigation, and found Triclosan is in a lot of other products too. So although the FDA ban is a step in the right direction, a lot more work needs to be done. So what other products contain antibacterial chemicals. Here is a list of some we found:

  • Acne treatments, body washes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant, and other personal care products (See the EWG list of products containing Triclosan).
  • Dish soap
  • Clothing, shoe insoles, fabrics, flooring, wallpaper, paint, shower curtains, furniture, and mattresses.
  • Plastics
  • Towels and sponges.
  • Kitchenware, plastic food storage, cutting boards, and lunch boxes.
  • Toys, pacifiers, pencils, mouse pads, and scissors.
  • Etc.

You can see how long this list is. So how can you avoid it?

Tips for Avoiding Triclosan

  • Stop using antibacterial soap, plain soap and water are very effective.
  • Read labels and don't purchase products that contain Triclosan, Triclocarban, or Microban (trade name for Triclosan).
  • Avoid any product marketed as being antibacterial. Also avoid anything labelled antimicrobial or odor fighting.

Let us know in the comments other products where you found antibacterial chemicals that you didn't expect.


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Lisa Roth Collins is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and is the Marketing Manager at She is passionate about health and wellness and tries her best to make healthier choices every day for herself and her family. Her journey to natural health was driven by her own struggles with digestive discomfort, depression, and anxiety. Lisa returned to school in 2014 to study nutrition at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition. She threw herself into her studies so she could learn as much as she could to help herself feel better and thrive. Upon completing the program and being certified as an RHN, Lisa began her work at Naturally Savvy where she has been able to help so many people learn to make healthier choices for themselves. Through her work, she has connected with so many incredible people in the industry whether other authors, influencers, or brands. Plus, she is affectionately known as "Techie Spice" because of her ability to wrap her head around technology. Every day she gets up with a renewed sense of energy and ready to make a difference. You can read all of Lisa's content here. In her spare time, Lisa loves to try new recipes, make delicious and nourishing meals, and she is an avid reader. For more information about Lisa, check out her profile on here.