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Triclosan: What You Can Do About It

While triclosan is often thought to protect from harmful bacteria, it turns out that the use of this dangerous chemical in household products is no more effective than soap and water  and may be doing more harm than good.

  • Avoid Products That Contain Triclosan

Take the anti-triclosan pledge!

Be on the lookout for triclosan on the ingredient lists of soaps, facial cleansers, exfoliants, acne medicines, toothpaste, cosmetics, deodorant and other personal care products. When looking for triclosan in plastics or fabrics, watch out for products that are marketed as containing Microban or Biofresh. Report products that you find containing triclosan and take the pledge to choose soaps and products wisely.

Examples of Products That Contain Triclosan:

Neutrogena Deep Clean Body Scrub Bar Clean & Clear Oil Free Foaming Facial Cleanser
Lever 2000 Special Moisture Response Bar Soap, Antibacterial Dawn Complete Antibacterial Dish Liquid
CVS Antibacterial Hand Soap Ajax Antibacterial Dish Liquid
Dial Liquid Soap, Antibacterial Bar Soap Colgate Total Toothpaste
Softsoap Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap Right Guard Sport Deodorant
Cetaphil Gentle Antibacterial Cleansing Bar Old Spice Red Zone, High Endurance and Classic Deodorants
Clearasil Daily Face Wash Vaseline Intensive Care Antibacterial Hand Lotion
  • Support Companies That Do Not Use Triclosan


CleanWell Paul‚ Organic
LUSH Dr. Bronner‚ Magic Soaps
Nature‚ Gate Tom‚ of Maine
Vermont Country The Natural Dentist
Naked Soap Works Listerine Essential Care
MiEssence Peelu
Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer Weleda
Ivory Toxic Free Basics

  • Look for Retailers That Do Not Sell Products That Contain Triclosan

Ikea and The Body Shop both sell only triclosan-free products. Whole Foods has a large selection of products that do not contain triclosan, but make sure you read the label because Whole Foods does not have a specific store policy banning triclosan. Trader Joe‚ has a similar practice. Aveda searched its product ingredient database and found no evidence of triclosan, but the company told Food & Water Watch that it has no specific policy regarding triclosan.

  • Get Triclosan Out of Your Community

Encourage your local schools, government agencies and religious institutions to use their buying power to go triclosan-free. Contact us for tips on how to get started.

Learn more about triclosan.