Toxic Antibacterial Agent Found Concentrated In Our Waters

A new report out of Europe reveals that the deadly antibacterial chemical triclosan is showing up in consistently high levels in lakes and waterways around the world, as well as in human breast milk and blood plasma. This ingredient has been used for over 40 years in products like hand soap, toothpastes, shampoo, deodorants, mouth washes, and hand sanitizer.

According to the data, persistent triclosan levels were found to be up to 12 times higher at numerous test sites around the basin than the previously determined “no-effect concentration” for algal communities, proving that existing monitoring efforts for persistent chemicals like triclosan are severely lacking. Out of 500 pollutants investigated as part of the study, in fact, triclosan ranked sixth as the most persistent and most harmful.

Triclosan safety is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada. However, as the New York Times reports, the FDA review has been delayed several times.

Several studies have shown that triclosan disrupts the thyroid hormone in frogs and rats, while others have shown that triclosan alters the sex hormones of laboratory animals. Others studies have shown that triclosan can cause some bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

As an alternative, you can make your own sanitizing soaps. Here are a couple of recipes from

Liquid Hand Cleaning Spray:

  • Mix 2 parts organic aloe gel (not juice)
  • 1 part distilled water
  • 1 part grain alcohol-vodka (avoid isopropyl to eliminate the clinical alcohol smell)
  • 4-5 drops tea tree oil, or essential oil of choice (so it’s not too drying)

Mix together in a bowl and pour into a small vile or empty, reused spray container of your choice (you can find small, travel sized containers in the travel section at a local drugstore).  You can carry it with you in your bag or purse for on-the-go use, or keep it by your desk or kitchen sink for after working/cleaning spritzes.

Hand Cleaning Gel:

Try this recipe for a gel that uses vegetable glycerin to make a texture similar to the consistency of commercial antibacterial gels you can buy at a drugstore.

Combine the following ingredients in a container or bowl:

  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1/4 cup pure organic aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin (found at natural health food stores, or you can order it easily online)
  • 1 tsp. grain alcohol
  • Add 8-10 drops of organic tea tree oil, or an essential oil of your choice.
  • Then add to a travel sized tube or squeeze bottle, and go!

For more information on the toxic substances in our world, read Our Toxic World - A Wake Up Call.

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