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Antibacterial Soaps
The Issue 
Antibacterial Liquid SoapTriclosan is a common chemical in antibacterial soaps and other products such as toothpaste, laundry detergents, and all-purpose cleaners. A registered pesticide and endocrine disrupter, it can be toxic to fish in South San Francisco Bay. As triclosan enters our environment it can contribute to the growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

According to the Center for Disease Control and the American Medical Association, there is no demonstrated benefit of antibacterial soaps over plain soap in protecting people from germs.

What You Can Do
Use plain soap and warm water, with vigorous scrubbing for 15-20 seconds, to fight germs on the hands.

Read the label! Use alternative products such as:
  • Pure glycerin, castile, or vegetable-based soap
  • Hand-sanitizing gels with at least 60% alcohol or peroxide based
  • Less toxic products without synthetic perfumes, dyes, or synthetic petroleum compounds