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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.

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What you can do: Share your opinion during the FDA comment period; don't buy products containing triclosan or labeled "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial."


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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.


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