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why is triclosan in so many soaps?

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Dr. Kenneth Backman
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Antibacterial: Triclosan is in many soaps because it is an antibacterial, meaning it kills bacteria on contact. Importantly, triclosan does not kill viruses. Alcohol containing hand sanitizing gels will kill viruses more effectively than triclosan.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Triclosan: Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent.

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Could you provide me with effects/alternatives of BHA/BHT, Triclosan, Pthalates, Benzene, or Phenols. As many as you can please?

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Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
University librarian: Dream question. These chemicals are largely endocrine disrupting toxicants that are known as xenoestrogens. In 400 character answers you won't get much, however you can find loads of information on the toxnet site maintained by the NIH and NLM parts of the USDHHS. Try using university toxicology sites and MSDS resources, general medical or scientific data bank searches with those keywords.
Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
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Alternatives, now that's a tougher question. I think the answer depends in large part on what you are eithermaking, using, and who/where you are using the product with, etc. Example, you want a bottle to transport water and need it to be light…most nalgene bottles are now made without plastic softeners as listed above because they want their product to be safe. Even latex isn't safe for babies, et
Feb 2, 2015
Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Provided original answer
the NRDC publishes lots of information on thigs like this. check out their website and see if you can't find some answers there. If you wish to narrow you question down, I can try to help you find some specifics that may help you in the situation you find yourself looking for alternatives to commercial products for...
Feb 2, 2015

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