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.
If you've ever washed your hands with anti-bacterial soap, there's a good chance you were rubbing yourself down with a chemical called triclosan—a chemical that's been proven to be harmful in humans in recent years. Now, Minnesota has become the first state to officially ban it. And yours could be next.
And that, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is a problem. Antibacterial soap products contain potentially harmful ingredients you won't find in regular soaps – and the risks of those ingredients could outweigh antibacterial products' unproven benefits.
Every time you wash your hands using antibacterial soap you probably feel good because you're not spreading bugs. But check the bottle and you'll probably find the soap contains triclosan—a chemical that has just been shown to impair muscle function in humans.