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The Dangers of Triclosan & How to Avoid It

Colgate Total contains Triclosan

Common Products that Contain Triclosan

The other day, while brushing my teeth, I was idly reading the ingredients on my toohpaste tube, and what should I see? The second active ingredient, after fluoride, was triclosan! Of course, that got me curious about what else in my medicine cabinet contains triclosan, and a little bit of research was incredibly eye-opening. Here are some common personal care products that contain triclosan:

  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Pet shampoo
  • Makeup
  • Skin cleansers
  • Dry shampoo
  • Foot sprays and creams
  • Bath soaks
  • Mouthwash
  • Hand sanitizers and soaps
  • Shaving cream and shaving gel

Basically, this stuff is in everything. It’s often added to lengthen the products’ shelf life, so it could be in a product but not listed as an active ingredient.

Of course, not every brand of all of these products contains triclosan, and the best way to make sure you’re not putting this antimicrobial into your shopping basket and onto your body is to do some careful label-reading. Even products labeled as “natural” sometimes contain triclosan.

While keeping such a common ingredient out of the medicine cabinet might seem overwhelming, once you get into the habit of label-reading, it will start to become second nature. Who knew that activism could be as simple as reading through an ingredients list?

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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11:34AM PDT on May 24, 2014

One day, our paranoia about "microbes" and taking unlimited baths, etc. will be looked back on with the same disdain we view the silly habits of the Victorians. Unfortunately, their wrapping everything with mosquito netting to avoid fly specks didn't kill them. Ours is.

7:02AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

This is good to know. I much prefer natural (and being healthier) to any chemical.

2:12AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Interesting and alarming - thank you!

7:22PM PST on Dec 22, 2013

I thought this Triclosan was only in hand sanitizers, so I didn't give it much thought. I believe, we need contact with germs to build up our immunity. And all this time it was perhaps in my toothpaste or mouthwash or wherever that stuff is hiding. Thank you for your warning.

9:06AM PST on Dec 22, 2013

wow! noted with gratitude

8:41AM PST on Dec 22, 2013

This is REALLY SCARY STUFF ! .........
When will this MADNESS END!?

5:47AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

Thanks for the information. Worth thinking about.

11:33AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

noted

3:10AM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

Thanks for the warning.

5:59PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Humans are mad!

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