Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It can be found in many products such as:
- Antibacterial soaps
- Body wash
Research has found that concentrations of triclosan present in the wastewater stream can destabilize the microbial communities that help treat sewage solids. The omnipresent antimicrobial can sabotage some sludge-processing microbes and promote drug resistance in others.
Warm water and mild soap is really all you need to remove bacteria from yourself. Help prevent unwanted triclosan from entering our nearby waterbodies.