It has been suggested in medical circles for quite some time that a thorough washing of hands with regular soap and water is as effective in removing bacteria as using an antibacterial soap or hand cleaner.
But some say antibacterial soaps and “waterless” hand cleaners containing triclosan or other antimicrobials may be harmful to cats and other animals if ingested. One shelter has discontinued its use upon the advice of a shelter consultant, just to be on the safe side. I've used antibacterial soaps and my cat, Jenny, often tries to lick my hands when I join her in bed at night. It was therefore of great interest when I read about the debate surrounding triclosan.
In my research I learned several pros and cons about triclosan, along with several studies about its potential for danger, if overused. Of course, the jury is still out, as more studies are needed. Triclosan and other antibacterial/antimicrobial products can be of value when used prudently. Learn more about what I discovered about triclosan and my conclusions.
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