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Triclosan in Your Home

Pesticide in Soap, Toothpaste and Breast Milk - Is It Kid-Safe?: Triclosan in Your Home

July 17, 2008

Where can you find triclosan in your home?

Triclosan can be found almost everywhere. Mouse over the map below to see common household products and furnishings that may contain triclosan. What's shown is based on EWG's review of 65 industry documents and government databases on approved uses for this persistent, ubiquitous pesticide.
 

 

Table 1. Triclosan can be found in more than 140 types of personal care and home products

EWG identified triclosan-containing products from 3 government databases, Skin Deep cosmetics database, and 61 industry documents [see representative examples]

Where is triclosan found?
Bedroom Bed spreads6
Blankets1,5,6
Comforters6
Duvets6
Mattress and pillow coverings4,5
Mattress pads6
Mattresses2
Mattress and pillow ticking1,5,6
Pillow fillings and fiber fill1,6
Pillowcases6
Pillow shams6
Sheets5,6
Quilts and quilt fabric1,4
Bathroom Bathtubs and bathtub enclosures5
Bath accessories6
Bath rugs6
Caulking (tub and tile)5
No-slip (rubber) bath mats5
Shower curtains2
Shower stalls5
Tile1,4,5
Toilet covers and seats4,5,6
Toilet bowls and urinals2
Towels5,6
Kitchen Countertops5
Covers for tabletops and countertops1,4
Cutting boards5,6
Dishwashing liquid9
Food and condiment storage containers5,6
Food service wipes1,4
Napkins1,5,6
Sponges6
Storage containers for appliances2
Tablecloths6
Tabletops5
Personal care products Acne treatment3
Antiperspirant/deodorant3,9
Antiseptics and dressings for wound care2
Body spray3
Body wash/cleanser3,9
Combs5,6
Cosmetic containers1
Diaper cream3
Facial cleanser3,9
Facial moisturizer/treatment3
Facial tissues2
Hairbrushes - bristles and handles1,4,5,6
Hand lotion9
Incontinence care products1,4,5,6
Lipstick3,9
Liquid hand soap3
Razors2
Shave gel9
Toothbrushes - bristles and handles2
Toothpaste3,9
Lawn and garden Garden hose10
Mulch2
Clothing and other apparel Aprons (food service, home)1,4,5,6
Athletic shirts/athletic wear1,4,5,6
Baby bibs1,4,5
Boots7
Caps6
Clothing inner linings6
Clothing trim5
Coats (coats' shells and fill)6
Dresses1,4,5,6
Footwear5
General wear clothing5
Gloves (non-medical)1,4,5,6
Golf shirts6
Gowns (medical and consumer)1,4,5
Hosiery1,4,5,6
Intimate apparel1,4,5,6
Non-woven products6
Rain wear10
Running gear1,4,5
Shoe inner soles1,4
Shoe lining1,4
Shoes1,4
Sleepwear6
Socks1,4,5
Sports apparel1,4,5,6
Sweatshirts/t-shirts4
Uniforms (service, medical, dental, sports)1,4,5,6
Wet suits1,4,5,6
Sports, parks and recreation Automotive interiors5
Boating/marine equipment5
Convertible tops6
Exercise and gym equipment5
Playground equipment1,4
Playing cards6
Portable toilets1,4
Swimming pool liner10
Tents2
Toys1,4,5
Whirlpools5
Home furnishings and materials Air filter materials2
Awnings (indoor and outdoor)2
Blanket brushes4
Cloths5
Curtains5,6
Draperies5,6
Furniture fabrics and coverings2
Furniture foam cushions1,4
Handles and knobs5
HVAC coils8
Tarpaulins6
Wall coverings6
Window curtains5
Cleaning products Brooms6
Brushes1,4
Buckets6
Carpet shampoos2
Cleaning fluids9
Fabric softeners2
Floor waxes/sealers/emulsions2
Garbage bags/garbage can liners2
Garbage cans/waste bins2
Laundry detergents2
Mops4,6
Stone surface cleaners 9
Vacuum bags5
Vacuum cleaner components5
Floor coverings Door and floor mats1,4
Rugs and carpets2
Storage containers and linings Blanket bags1
Clothing storage containers1,4
Garment bags1,4
Tray liners4
Other home products Electronics storage containers5
Floral containers1,4,5
Humidifier components5
Instrument cases5
Pet bedding4
Pet shampoos9
Pet training pads4
Phones5
In your wallet Credit cards5
Currency (paper money)5
Driver's licenses1
Personnel cards1
Miscellaneous Cubicle curtains1,4
Food distribution carts1,4
Food service trays1,4
Menu materials1,4,5
Medical Bed pans4,5
Medical devices2
Medical and dental trays1
Wheels for medical carts1,4
X-ray holders1,4
Construction & Consumer Product Materials Adhesives2
Caulk2
Cellulosic material2
Coatings2
Concrete2
Fabric2
Films2
Floor drains5
Flooring (concrete, plastic, floor covering)2
Grease traps
Grout2
Hosing5
Ink2
Insulation2
Paints2,5
Paper and paperboard products1,4
Paper mulch1,4
Plastic2
Plumbing (outer metallic coating)1,4,5
Polyethylene2
Polypropylene2
Polyurethane2
Rope2
Rubber2
Sealants2
Slurries2
Styrene2
Synthetic polymer2
Textiles2
Vinyl2
Industrial Appliance housings5
Air filters5
Air filtration media5
Carts5
Closure cans5
Conveyor belts2
Dye bath vats2
Earplugs5
Fire hoses2
Ice making equipment (water pans, piping, tubing, guards)2
Respirator mask components5
Tabletops5
Trays5
Wipes5
Wraps (silage)5

1 Ciba 2006
2 EPA 2008a
3 EWG 2008
4 Huntsman International 2007
5 Microban Products Company 1997, 2000
6 Sanitized Inc 1998
7 Thomson Research Associates 2007
8 Aeris Technologies 2007
9 US Department of Health and Human Services 2008
10 Sanitized Inc 2003