You may have heard that the FDA banned certain antibacterial agents, including triclosan and 18 other ingredients, from use in consumer anti-bacterial hand soaps.
That's because research failed to prove that over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are safe or better at preventing the spread of germs than proper hand washing with plain soap and water.
Seventh Generation has never used triclosan in our hand wash products because we don’t use ingredients that may have a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, unless we can mitigate the concern ourselves.
The Dirt on Triclosan
Even though manufacturers will have to stop using triclosan in soap, it's still used as an ingredient in some sanitizers, wipes, toothpaste, toys, and other products with "antibacterial" qualities. We've always chosen to avoid it in our hand wash products because:
As you can see triclosan is very worth of an FDA ban, we can clearly go without this questionable ingredient in our hand soap since it can harm our health and the environment.
Keep Your Family Healthy Without Triclosan
Fortunately, triclosan isn't necessary for avoiding everyday germs and illness. Here's how you can keep your family healthy without it: