I have never liked anti-bacterial soaps, because they seemed unnecessary in the vast majority of cases.  The fact is that we need to learn to live with normal bacteria.


And Yet Another Endocrine Enemy

By Bette Dowdellon 05/15/2011

It interferes with thyroid function.

It gets estrogen and testosterone out of whack.

It puts a hurt on your immune system by messing with your thymus gland.

It increases your chances of becoming resistant to antibiotics.

It sets your kids up for asthma and infections.

And it’s probably in your house right now.

It’s triclosin–the health scourge that almost nobody’s heard about. And it’s everywhere.

Triclosin–a biocide or insecticide depending on who’s talking–takes a starring role in almost every product labeled ‘antibacterial.’ It’s also called Irgasan and Microban in case you’re reading labels.

Most liquid soaps contain triclosin–along with hormone-disrupting, cancer-causing sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate, but that’s another story for another day. Bar soaps labeled ‘antibacterial’ come fully loaded with triclosin, too.

So we wash our hands with an insecticide-laden soap, then pick up a sandwich–which adds the insecticide to our lunch. That was easy.

We shower in the stuff. Our socks come locked-and-loaded with triclosin. Cosmetics. Toothpaste. Kitchen utensils. Computer keyboards. Toys. Paint. Furniture. Humidifiers, Air filters. Laminate flooring. And on. And on. And on.

And here’s the kicker: Triclosin’s unnecessary. Regular soap safely removes 99.4% of any bacteria it contacts; triclosin products remove 99.6%–whilst doing a number on our endocrine system. For starters.

Combining the chlorine in our water with the triclosin in our soap creates poisonous dioxins, powerful environmental pollutants. While also creating chloroform, which seems to cause cancer.

And if you shower with antibacterial soap, then jump in the pool, the chlorine in the pool water reacts to the triclosin residue on your skin the same way. Thank you for sharing.

Children raised in an antibacterial bubble never acclimate to the fact we’re surrounded by various bacteria, so they never learn how to deal with the beasties. All the while, ads tell us our antibacterial actions prove our love. Yikes!. Antibacterialized kids experience higher levels of allergies, asthma and eczema than kids allowed to make mud pies and roll around on the floor with the dog.

And there’s still more. Because triclosin mirrors antibiotics in the way it destroys bacteria, we can end up resistant to antibiotics when we need them.

And water-treatment plants can’t remove triclosin, so they discharge water loaded with the stuff–which is toxic to algae–the foundation of aquatic ecosystems.

This stuff is murder, and you don’t want it anywhere around you. So ditch the antibacterial fad. Just walk away. Making the change is no big deal.

Here’s what you do: Get you some warm water. Lather up with old-fashioned bar soap. Then make sure it gets all over your hands–backs, between fingers, under fingernails–while you sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice. (If you’re in public, you might want to mind-sing instead of belting it out aloud. I’m just saying.)

And go through your house and get rid of anything labeled ‘antibacterial.’ Probably should take it to a hazmat dump.

There. You’ve just made your world a safer place. Cool, eh?

About the author


Thanks to a drunk driver, Bette Dowdell has had a life-long opportunity to experience a disfunctional endocrine system. By applying her extensive research, she has things all marching in the same direction now, she’s doing well and now shares her knowledge with others.

Dowdell has researched health issues–and solutions–for more than thirty years, with a special focus on the endocrine system. When any part of your endocrine system–say your thyroid–goes down, you’re in a heap of trouble. And, to paraphrase, when the endocrine system ain’t happy, ain’t no body part happy. Bette had to walk that road, and she didn’t get much help from doctors. Now she writes a weekly e-zine to share what she learned–and continues to learn, You can get a free subscription at Don’t drag through life wondering what hit you.


One Response to triclosin

  1. Colline says:

    I have never been keen on anti-bacterial soaps either. Now I know why!

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