antibacterial soaps and cleaners
The antimicrobial chemical triclosan in antibacterial soaps is believed to disrupt thyroid function and hormone levels in people; when it mixes into wastewater, it can cause sex changes in aquatic life. And health experts believe that overuse of this and other antibacterial chemicals is promoting the growth of bacteria that are resistant to antibacterial treatment.
What you can do: Avoid products labelled "antibacterial," use cleaners without unhealthy chemicals.
What you can do: Switch to liquid soap and avoid using antibacterial products.
What you can do: Don’t rely on skin sanitizers to knock out germs. Save money by using just-as-effective soap and water.
What you can do: Choose unscented, organic castile soap for cleaning your body and bathroom, and use simple homemade cleaners for stubborn soap scum.
What you can do: Throw away any of the contaminated products and use old-fashioned methods to keep your hands clean.
What you can do: When you can't wash with real soap and water, turn to a natural hand sanitizer—or make your own—to wipe out germs.
What you can do: If you're worried your children might abuse hand sanitizer, talk to them about the risks, and then opt for nonalcohol-based disinfecting wipes or sprays.
What you can do: Use safe, dependable laundering methods, like vinegar or baking soda, to keep odor at bay.
What you can do: Use our list of ingredients to look for to keep dangerous household chemicals out of your home.
What you can do: Share your opinion during the FDA comment period; don't buy products containing triclosan or labeled "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial."