Minnesota has banned triclosan, an anti-bacterial agent found in soap, deodorants and toothpaste. It's the first state to do so. Triclosan is a health hazard and a likely contributor to resistant bacteria — if it even works at all.
It's been ingrained in us since childhood. Don't want to get sick? Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. But the same compound we entrust to fend off the sniffles could actually be harming us—and creating an army of superbugs in the process. It's time to ban antibacterial soap.