Toxic wash? After almost 50 years, the truth about antibacterial soap is about to come out. – By Hilary Venables
Before 1967, the only place you would find triclosan was on the surgical ward of a hospital. Nowdays, it’s even in the urine of 75% of Americans.
It all started with soap. Someone at Colgate Palmolive hit upon the idea of adding this potent toxin to ordinary hand soap, and then scaring the bejesus out of consumers with sensationalist advertising, often featuring nasty, dirty animated creatures meant to represent “household germs”.