What I forgot is that triclosan is hiding in unusual places -- like in plastic food containers and cutting boards. Did you know it could be in the clothing you wear, or the toys your little ones are playing with. How about your toothbrush? Did you know it might be hiding this nasty chemical in its bristles? Yikes!
Other places you might discover triclosan include:
- hand sanitizer
- dishwashing detergent
- shower curtains
- mattresses (look out when shopping for crib mattresses!)
- flooring and carpeting
- garbage cans
- vacuum cleaner bags
- and, unfortunately, many, many more
In addition to triclosan, you also want to avoid a similar chemical called triclocarban.
Simply because you don't want to introduce the possibility of liver and inhalation toxicity into your family's lives. Even low levels of triclosan can affect thyroid function. And studies show a link between triclosan and asthma. Of course, cancer is always an issue as well. Lots of scary stuff.
Protect your family and don't buy into the promise of "anitbacterial" being best. It's a lie. And it's your job to shield your kids from the possibly devastating affects of these nasty chemicals.
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