The Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of soaps containing chemicals Triclosan, mostly used in liquid soap, and triclocarban, in bar soaps, are by far the most common chemicals. showing they were no more effective than using ordinary soap and water.

This comes when much research has proven that the antibacterial chemicals that go into everyday products are doing more harm than good. Experts are warning that they affect HORMONE LEVELS IN CHILDREN and PROMOTE RESISTANT INFECTIONS.


Studies in animals have shown that triclosan and triclocarban can disrupt the normal development of the reproductive system and metabolism, and health experts warn that their effects could be the same in humans.
Triclocarban is an older chemical, part of the family of organochlorines, like the pesticide DDT and hexachlorophene, some of which were eventually banned. Newer chemicals are much lighter on the environment, he said, but triclocarban takes a very long time to disappear. In one study in New York City, for example, his team found traces of it that dated back to the 1960s!