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.
Everyone has seen the commercials with homeowners spraying every corner of their homes with air fresheners, then taking a deep breath of whatever they just sprayed into the air as if it is an actual breeze of mountain air. Well, what you and these actors might not know is, what they are inhaling so vigorously …
Sometimes cleaning products are “Greenwashed”, which means that they are labeled as “green and “biodegradable”, when in fact, they are not. Marketers know that if you slap the words “green” and “biodegradable” on products and put pretty pictures of plants, people will just assume the product is safe and environmentally friendly without actually reading the ingredients.