Soaps are necessary for getting our body clean and fresh. When it comes to using soap a large number of us prefer to use soaps that are made to help fight and protect us from bacteria.
Most of us prefer antibacterial soap but research has shown that these soaps are made from known carcinogenic substances that can cause cancer.
One common substance in antibacterial soap is triclosan, however, this compound has to be discovered to promote the growth and development of cancer cells.
As a matter of fact, recent studies conducted by Kyung-Chul Choi and his team of researchers at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology and at the National University in South Korea have exposed the harmful effects of triclosan, particularly on our hormonal system.
This is because triclosan in itself is a hormone disruptor and has been seen to mimic estrogen in other studies conducted. By so doing it negatively influences the activities as well as the production of testosterone and other such hormones.
In the case of breast cancer, triclosan is believed to adversely influence the body’s endocrine system which then leads to cellular mutation.
Another compound used in antibacterial soaps is octyl phenol and this too is known to be carcinogenic on nature.
The risk of breast cancer is heightened if triclosan and octyl phenol are used in the production of antibacterial soap as they both cause cellular mutation in lab condition animal tests and also in humans.
Believe it or not, pressure groups have been waxing lyrical about the harmful effects of triclosan on humans, some of these groups like the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Beyond Pesticides have always been silenced by the large corporations producing these soaps.
However, these pressure groups with the support of regulatory bodies have led to some manufacturers producing soap without the inclusion of triclosan.
You should be aware of those products that do have triclosan in them
Here are bathing soap you should avoid: Dial®, Antibacterial Lotion Soap, Body Works Antibacterial Hand Soaps and Gels, DermaKleen™, Ajax Antibacterial Dishsoap, Kimcare Antibacterial Clear Soap, Clearasil®, CVS Antibacterial Soap, Ultra Concentrated Dawn Antibacterial Dishsoap, Liquid hand soap and body wash, Dermalogica®, Foaming Sanitizers, Skin Purifying Wipes, Tea Tree Therapy™ Liquid Soap and Daily Face Wash.
There are also Oral Care Products that have triclosan in them, these are; Daily Mouthwash, Reach®, Antibacterial Toothbrush, Breeze™ and Colgate Total®.
Avoid these Cosmetics Products as well: Paul Mitchell Detangler Comb, Hydracontinue Instant Moisture Cream, Mavala Lip Base, Babor Volume Mascara, Garden Botanika®, Phytomer Bath and Body Works Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotions, Powder Foundation, Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk, Movate®, Revlon ColorStay LipSHINE Lipcolor Plus Gloss, Phytomer and Skin Lightening Cream HQ.
Here are Deodorant Products that also have triclosan: DeCleor Deodorant Stick, Aloe Essentials Natural Deodorant, Deodorant with Citrisomes, Epoch®, Deodorant Arm and Hammer®, Queen Helene® and Tea Tree Oil Deodorant.
Some First Aid Products as well: Nexcare™ First Aid, Solarcaine® First Aid Medicated Spray, Heal well Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint, SyDERMA® Skin Protectant plus First Aid Antiseptic, Universal Cervical Collar with Microban and Skin Crack Care.
Here are also Kitchenware Products you should be weary of: Compact Web Foot® Wet Mop Heads, Hobart Semi-Automatic Slicer, Microban Cutting Boards, Franklin Machine Products FMP Ice Cream Scoop SZ, Chix® Food Service Wipes with Microban, Farberware®, and 20 Microban.
Some Personal Care Products you should avoid Sportslick, Diabetes-x™ Cream, Pocket Slick, Murad Acne Complex® Kit and Scunci Microban Comb.
Some Clothing also: Undergarments and Biofresh® socks.
School And Office Products: Sharp® printing calculator, scissors, Westcott®, C-line®, Avery® Touchgaurd View Binders, Ticonderoga® Pencils with Microban Protection products, Clauss® cutting instruments and Costco® products.
Here are Other products you should also be aware of: Niasa Biquichamp® mortar grout and sealant, Holmes Foot Buddy™ HMH120U Antimicrobial Foot Buddy Foot Warmer, Cool Mist Humidifier, Bionare®, EHC AMRail Escalator Handrails, Deciguard AB® Antimicrobial Ear Plugs, Yoga Mat, Bauer® Re-Akt hockey helmet and 7500 hockey helmet, Dupont™ Air Filters, BioEars earplugs, Miller Paint Acro Pure Interior Paint, Venture Products® fitness mats, Davis Paint® Perfection, Blue Mountain Wall Coverings, NuTone® Central Vacuum systems, California Paints®, select Quickie cleaning products, O’Leary Paint®, Hirschfield’s Paint®, Rival® Seal-A-Meal® Vacuum Food Sealer, Winix Dehumidifiers, DAP®Kwik Seal Plus®, CleenFreek SportsHygiene, Kimberly Clark® WYPALL X80 Towels, Resilite Sports Products, J Cloth® towels, Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum™, Oreck XL®, Canopy® kitchen towels, Rubbermaid® Coolers, Custom Building Products, Infantino cart covers and baby carriers, ALUF Plastics®, Laticrete, Petmate® LeBistro feeders and waterers, Stufitts sports gear and ProAdvanced Products.