Most U.S. homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Triclosan is in antibacterial soaps, detergents, carpets, paints, toys and toothpaste.
While these products may be comforting to germ-wary consumers, they are only slightly better at removing bacteria than regular soap and water. Also, in antibacterial soaps, triclosan may not add any benefit to removing bacteria compared to regular soap and water.
The problem with tri
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