Triclosan is a dangerous product to both humans and animals that live in our ecosystems. This chemical is often labeled as the ultimate cleaner, or something that gets rid of all germs. However this so called “clean all” molecule has many dangerous effects. Triclosan can be absorbed through our skin during its use in many cleaning and personal care products. In large amounts, that can be accumulated, the consequences range from birth defects, cancer cell growth, and hormone disruption. Triclosan can also be transferred into our drinking water. When we use Triclosan, it is washed down our drains. From there it goes to a water treatment plant; however some Triclosan is left in the water. When it is released back into Lake Erie it can get into the aquatic life that we consume which allows Triclosan into our system or the water that is put into the lake is later pulled back up by a Drinking Water Facility where it is cleaned, but not of Triclosan. This also allows Triclosan to be directly taken in by us. All of these sources mean that Triclosan can be accumulating in us and we are the own source to our pollution. This can affect our children and our health in the future, and yet, this chemical is found in so many everyday products. Triclosan can be found in many products. Here is just to name a few…

Dial Liquid Hand soap

Old Spice Deodorant

Clearasil Daily Face wash

Colgate Total

Revlon Color Stay Lipshine

Neutrogena Deep Clean

Fruit of the Loom Socks

Clean & Clear Facial Cleanser

What are you doing to prevent the spread of triclosan to your environment?

-Sarah Maguire, environmental science studend

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