Triclosan is a common antibacterial and antifungal ingredient found in many cleaning products such as hand sanitizers, toothpaste, deodorants, and many other cleaning supplies. It has been in use since 1972, and is being used in an increasing number of products such as kitchen utensils and children’s toys.
Because the chemical came into use before the creation of the FDA, and it has never been fully tested or confirmed to be safe, and here are 3 possible side effects of spraying ourselves with Triclosan on a daily basis.
1) Effects on the Environment
Triclosan seems to be toxic to aquatic bacteria, which doesn’t seem like a big deal because its not like we eat bacteria or anything. However, aquatic bacteria is sort of important because it contributes to all photosynthesis on Earth. Photosynthesis does some good stuff, but Tricolsan seems to inhibit photosynthesis in diatom algae, which is bad for everyone, not just algae.
2) Endocrine Disruption
An independent study in 2006 concluded that triclosan acts as an endocrine disruptor in frogs. Now, if we know anything about biology, its that humans are not frogs, but the function apparently seems to be the same in humans. As a result, concentrations of triclosan showed positive association with allergies and hay fever.
3) Possible Breakdown into Carcinogens
Two reports suggest that triclosan can combine with chlorine in tap water to create chloroform, which is a possible human carcinogen that is likely to cause cancer. Although triclosan was the subject of a UK cancer alert, the study showed that the amount of chloroform created was less than amount often present in drinking water. Which now makes us wonder how healthy drinking water is.