Why Antibacterial Soap Is Dangerous

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Antibacterial equals safe, right? Think again. New research suggests that a particular ingredient common in antibacterial products is actually quite dangerous. Trace has all the details on Triclosan and what the FDA is aiming to do about it.

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Decades-Old Question: Is Antibacterial Soap Safe?

“It’s a chemical that’s been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby’s basinet.”

Triclosan Facts

“Triclosan (2,4,4′ –trichloro-2′-hydroxydiphenyl ether) is a chlorinated aromatic compound. Its functional groups include both phenols and ethers. It is used as a synthetic broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent.”

Triclosan: What Consumers Should Know

“Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination.”

Are Anti-Bacterial Soaps Poisoning Our Water?

“A common chemical found in antibacterial soaps is turning up in lakes and streams and could potentially harm wildlife and human health.”

Should I Avoid Products That Contain Triclosan?

“There currently isn’t enough evidence to recommend avoiding use of products that contain triclosan — an ingredient added to certain soaps, cosmetics, clothing, cookware, furniture and toys to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination.”

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48 comments

Zesty Lime Studios August 27, 2014 - 2:38 PM

blah blah another thing that is bad for us now just like getting cancer from a shower head blah blah 

Des Swags Curtain & Blinds Maker August 29, 2014 - 10:13 PM

I have been cleared now from cancer 7 years, and all my life I have been using nothing but Colgate. Nothing but the best or, so I thought. Guess where my cancer was? "On my gum at the front of my mouth for the world to see". I thought that when I had brushed my teeth that I had bruised it.

The doctor, said "Nothing to worry about, but go and see your dentist". The dentist X Rayed and said "Nothing to worry about but here is a letter, in your own time visit Kings College Hospital". I spent the whole day going from floor to floor and trainees and three months later examinations, until they decided to do a biopsy. I waited a further 10 days, when I got the dreaded phone call Monday 18th of December, asking me to come in, spoke to the consultant Wednesday 20th and started my chemotherapy treatment and something called the Chop, on the 22nd December 2006. 

My mother watched me go through HELL!…. She died a year later. To this day I still believe it was the trauma of my sickness she could not handle, that helped to kill her.

Now to here that we are putting TRICLOSAN in our mouth every day and night.  I just spent a fortune swopping over the mercury fillings in my mouth costing over £800.00, because I take the care serious for my mouth and my body.

The Bible say  in Psalms 118:8  'It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man'. And that is what we have been doing from the day we was born, I suppose its just a bad habit.

iamjezuzchrist February 21, 2015 - 9:22 PM

I dont understand why this video doesn't mention that the hype behind this substance possibly becoming banned off the market is its link to cancer. Oh well.  

Spooky Psyche February 22, 2015 - 1:22 AM

What are we supposed to use then? We have to keep our hands clean somehow. If nobody ever washed their hands, then people would be getting sick left and right. 

IAmRandom March 6, 2015 - 1:02 AM

Some people live to be 110 and you wanna talk about this chemical. . Do you realize that we ingest thousands of chemicals everyday?? Air pollution, hairspray, fingernail polish, bleach, etc. Come on. You know how many types of cancer there is?? There is no way we will beable to stop every dangerous chemical. Everything is dangerous. Like driving a car. .getting on a roller coaster. Etc. You can get cancer by eating burnt food.. Cancer is everywhere. Thousands if chemicals or bacteria is related to cancer!

Mike Szabo March 17, 2015 - 6:44 AM

I'm confused, he said using regular soap kills just as many bacteria as triclosan does. So that is a poor argument saying super germs will come from using triclosan, but the other arguments are still good.

MikMaio June 12, 2015 - 8:39 PM

Clicked the video because I thought it was Hulk's actor.
Disappointed.

Fuck antibacterial soap though.

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Bimsy June 12, 2015 - 9:29 PM

I have fish, cats and birds I clean up after daily. I will take my chances with the anti bacterial hand soap. Sorry, but I couldn't function without washing my hands 2-3 times a day. Usually 2 times.

Oumaïma El-mrabet June 13, 2015 - 2:29 AM

I just went through the list of ingredients in my antibacterial soap but didn't find any triclosan (looked for its scientific name as well) does it mean they don't necessarily use this as an agent? or do they just not mention it?

Dorcas E-L June 14, 2015 - 5:58 PM

Ridiculous that it causes more antibiotic resistant bacteria. It's worse spreading MRSA or VRE from patient to patient in healthcare if antibacterial soap is used. And there are soaps which are antibacterial that doesn't contain triclosan.

L. Törni September 4, 2015 - 10:36 AM

On the subject of things humans shouldn't be using/doing – splicing the genes of our food supply. Before anyone says "We've been doing this for thousands of years" or "everything you eat is genetically modified." ….. No. Just no. Selective breeding and hybridization is something humans have been practicing for millennia but is far from modern genetic modification.

The FDA is an absolute joke and has no regard for the health of Americans.

hippo762 November 6, 2015 - 6:41 PM

Heh, Americans seem obsessed with the government agencies protecting them from, well, everything.

Andy Proctor November 11, 2015 - 10:54 PM

So use non-anti-bacterial soap for 20 seconds? I like understanding why we are wrong, but it helps if you also inform your consumers of this information about what we can actually do.

Rosalie Stevenson November 19, 2015 - 11:53 PM

I'll keep to alcohol based and lysol to clean stuff, and bleach. Only use hand sanitizes
 (alcohol based) after working with reptiles

totilsom December 29, 2015 - 3:44 PM

Misleading title, what about Tricosan is dangerous but other Antibacterials are not

Gail Kenyon January 11, 2016 - 12:03 AM

I am finding that I have to use Rubber Gloves when doing dishes because of Peeling of My skin due to chems in the dish detergents…time for Natural cleaners :)

b888 March 13, 2016 - 9:10 PM

How about pcmx? How does it fare against alochol?

Siberius Wolf April 11, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Wait.. so if regular soap kills just as many germs we think… then why is antibacterial soap worse again? (from the perspective of it creating super bugs), seems they would both do that if they are as effective as each other. Any help from anyone would be cool.

Kathryn Harring April 22, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Triclosan is also a huge polluter above and below wastewater treatment plants in our water ways

zzzlez September 3, 2016 - 2:37 AM

The FDA just started a ban on triscolan

Southern Knight September 6, 2016 - 8:56 AM

Yet there is no proof that this chemical does any harm? Yet we have been using it for the last 50 years with no problems what so ever? I have been using this stuff for the past 5 years, at least. No side effects noted. FDA go home!

Caleb Whittington September 7, 2016 - 11:22 PM

I don't trust anything the government says.

SMM Productions September 25, 2016 - 12:40 AM

Fuck the FDA it's flawed in so many ways!

Tuerquar The jaggarnaut October 5, 2016 - 7:50 AM

liar! 😠

Boris Bagryanskiy October 16, 2016 - 3:54 PM

He should ve kept this hairstyle I'd he could

Sploek Griffy October 28, 2016 - 2:05 AM

I don't believe a anything a man named Trace says

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MERK Legend January 4, 2017 - 4:08 PM

this is bullshit just use soap.

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0011peace February 8, 2017 - 4:28 AM

I used anti-bacterial dish washing liquid but not soap I want to get rid of bacteria on my dishes

Theresa Baker February 27, 2017 - 10:50 AM

I hate antibacterial soaps!!!

tayyaba bashir May 16, 2017 - 2:21 AM

speak at a slow speed

Joan Thebombdiggity January 9, 2018 - 10:15 AM

When you're allergic to antibacterial and had to bring your own soap from kindergarten through 12th grade and the antibacterial soap ban in schools wasn't put into place until the year after I graduated 😑

wiburu May 28, 2018 - 10:02 PM

Oh shit I'm a germaphobic so I use a lot of hand soap…

426 SUPER BEE November 7, 2018 - 10:55 AM

I take a shower in it heal the skin cuts ect and wash my hair in it> make it soft shinny >> >> SO WHAT IT IN EVERY THING TOOTH PASTE , deodorant, perfume you name it> SO many bugs out there got to have some thing to kill em. SO DOES THAT MEAN I GOT A LAWSUIT lmao CYA IN COURT

Katie Collis January 2, 2019 - 5:21 AM

Are use dial antibacterial soap on my skin and it’s been clear for months

Brandi Peck January 10, 2019 - 8:19 AM

The EPA has banned it.. it is toxic.. plane and simple.. it is an endocrine disruptor..

earthsendangered May 16, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Doctors give people antibiotics that also kill good bacteria in the body but they won't ban that! I think the ban of the soap is uncalled for and is only to support the pharmaceuticals that sale their chemical-filled acne products. My face/breakouts didn't clear up until I used the anti-bacterial soap on it! And I'm fine. I bought so many expensive products that didn't work and the cheap soap cured my issues!

Pessimistic Pantomath February 23, 2020 - 4:33 AM

Better than botulism, tetanus, or staph. I just got a tiny cut on my finger while gardening, and there's soil stuck in it. I can't get it out. Idk what to do. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2439568/How-tiny-cut-finger-cost-life–means-develop-sepsis.html

Terri Nutting April 27, 2020 - 5:59 AM

BS THE FDA GETS 95 PERCENT OF ITS INCOME FROM BIG PHARMA!!! RESEARCH IT DOES NOT PROTECT THE CONSUMER!!!

n0macite May 4, 2020 - 2:00 AM

I call bullshit. Just wash your hands and don't listen to clickbait.

Tommy Sandelier October 28, 2020 - 8:05 AM

We have a biome on our skin, this stuff kills the good along with the bad

Nagilum November 12, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Coronavirus happened. Everything is antibacterial now.

willdan And December 30, 2020 - 1:09 AM

2020… give me those…

Reveluv LP June 5, 2021 - 3:00 AM

Is that green screen ?

Joyce Jean-Baptiste November 13, 2021 - 2:28 AM

Yup, I think a lot of us ate dirt as kids, Lol! Maybe not as much now because kids don't play outside as much.

Angel Juggar December 12, 2021 - 3:10 AM

I only use it on my face aka for my pimples