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Triclosan 101

Do you know what’s in the products you use? Did you know that everything you use or are exposed to is absorbed via your breath, your skin, glands, and hair follicles? Did you know that controversial chemicals are lurking in your soap, body wash, toothpaste, and cleaning solutions? It's usually found in antibacterial products, disinfectants, cosmetics, even in clothing, toys, kitchenware, and furniture. It could be in your yoga mats too! So what’s this controversial chemical taking part in our daily lives, and how safe is it for us considering it's an anti-microbial agent?


This common chemical ingredient in our everyday products is triclosan. It is an ingredient widely used as an antiseptic, preservative, and disinfectant intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination in many consumer products we use. The FDA banned triclosan and other ingredients from soaps because there is no compelling evidence the chemical is safe. In 2013, the FDA asked manufacturers to submit evidence that antibacterial ingredients, including triclosan, are safe for long-term use and more effective than regular soap at reducing the spread of germs. Neither was proven. Resulting research suggested triclosan and similar agents might be harmful to our health.


Some short-term lab studies (on animals) have shown that exposure to high doses of triclosan is associated with decreased thyroid hormone levels. Triclosan is linked to hormone disruption, increased risk of breast and colon cancer, and has even been found in blood and breast milk, meaning women can pass this chemical on to their developing babies. It's bioaccumulative (it builds up in our bodies) and persistent (it doesn't break down easily in the environment). Widespread use of triclosan has also raised concerns about creating superbugs, (bacteria and viruses that are resistant to anti-microbial compounds and antibacterial drugs), leaving us with fewer tools to fight infectious diseases.


It’s more important than ever to take a good hard look at the labels of the products you use, even those claiming to be eco-friendly or non-toxic. Triclosan belongs nowhere in a product that is supposed to be "green" due to questions regarding its safety and potentially devastating effects on you. You can avoid exposure to triclosan by switching to eco-friendly antibacterial products such as the Embed Hygiene Defence range, which includes cleaning solutions carefully formulated with 100% natural ingredients made with essential oils - stronger than harsh industrial cleaners without the toxic health risks: killing 99.9% of a broad spectrum of pathogens, including COVID-19 on contact, airborne bacteria, viruses, fungi spores, and mould.


Stay safe and be the first to experience the Embed Hygiene Defence advantage today!

Hannah Gabor
Hannah Gabor
Marketing Manager, EMEA. Hannah brings tremendous experience and expertise in EMEA regional marketing and best practice experience from Marks & Spencer, Al Homaizi Group, and Al-Futtaim Group.

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