4.09.2010

Why You Don't Want that Antibacterial Soap

This falls into the Must Read Immediately Category--and from time to time, I'm going to use this blog to alert as many people as I can to important information. Here is a link to a post by Cal Baier-Anderson, an Environmental Defense Fund Health Scientist; I pay close attention to her blogs. This one is about triclosan, the antimicrobial chemical in many of the soaps and beauty products we are buying. It is scandalous that there are so many dangerous and unregulated chemicals in the products we use everyday--on ourselves, and on our children, who are even more sensitive to these toxins. I've written for EDF about bisphenol A (BPA); EDF senior scientist Richard Denison posts excellent information on chemicals. The basic message for all of us is that we should go back to keeping things simple, and as chemical-free as possible. The problem, of course, is that dangerous chemicals keep turning up in the most unexpected places. Triclosan has been found in beach sandals. Cutting boards. And yes, even in some bath towels.

14 comments:

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I'll file this right next to high-fructose corn syrup. Jeez. Good thing we don't buy anti-bacterial soap but I'm glad to know this info well ahead of my even considering its purchase.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

This is why I try to keep everything simple and old fashioned -despite the teasing from friends! Bar soap, cotton towels & sheets. I won't even use my dishwasher!

hello said...

Antibacterial soap (hand and/or dish) also has a similar effect to heavy use of antibiotic medicines - constantly strengthening bacterial strains we encounter daily in our homes and on our bodies. Simple soap and warm water (or hand sanitizer - which does not work in the same way as antibacterial soaps) does the trick just fine.

SPLENDEROSA said...

Hurrah for you telling us this. I try so hard to explain all this to my daughter whose work is a spa cosultant to large hotel corporations, etc. Her business requires everything be almost sterile. However, she brings all this home as well, which is not a good thing. I'm sending this to her immediately and to my DIL.
Thank you Dominique. Sensibility has completely down the drain, hasn't it? Marsha

djphotographer said...

This is indeed good to know! Thank you for this bit. By the way, I love the pictures on your blog too. :)

Amy said...

Thank you for the article, I referenced it in my own little-read blog - but it's such an important message!

Dominique said...

No such thing as "little-read". Change piles up incrementally. many thanks for spreading the word.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I agree, and was on the band wagon of bpa-free baby bottles years ago and friends thought I was over-reacting. I am all about green and clean. Enjoy the weekend.

PurestGreen said...

Thank you for this. I'm involved with my local raw food group and the slow food movement, to encourage people to eat more naturally, which helps the body deal with the vast amount of chemicals floating around our modern world.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I'm listening, Dominique. Out they go. Thanks.

Catherine

here I am! said...

For years Dermalogica used that chemical in its acne cleanser. They recently took it out. I used to sell it in my day spa and it was very effective against acne.
It has been a known toxin for very long and mainstream is just now starting to recognize that. Most of your deodorant soaps use it too. We need to start being better label readers as they try to slip this chemical into lots of stuff.

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Dominique,

I'm so excited to receive your book via Amazon Express. And, to discover your blog, well, I was even more excited! And then, to see my blog on your favorites, I was over the moon. Where I've been that I'm just now discovering SlowLoveLife blog, I guess under a rock!

I have been a fan of yours for years and years and years. I, too, have been thrown some major curve balls in life in the last decade, things I never dreamed could be a part of the tapestry of my life. I've learned to find the silver lining in every event.

Hope you are well and have a great weekend.

Gwen

Debbie said...

Thank you. Question: how do we know which anti-bacterial products include it? is it all? Does it have to be listed as triclosan on a label?

Antibacterial Soap said...

Firstly I like the pictures on your blog. And also thanks for posting this blog.