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I do not recommend using this product due to the ineffectiveness of the biocide (triclosan), as well as long-term health risks associated with exposure.
I purchased this product a few years ago believing it contained a biocide that had effective antibacterial properties and was reasonably safe. I should have done more research before buying, and I offer this review so you do not make the same mistake I did. This soap does not kill bacteria any more than regular (non-antibacterial) soap. Containing triclosan, the biocide in this product is completely, totally, and utterly ineffective. It does not work any better than the exact same soap without triclosan, and triclosan is likely carcinogenic, and is known to cause hormonal side effects in mammals. There are growing health concerns over long-term exposure to triclosan, and evidence to suggest that triclosan is playing a large role in the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The FDA is currently attempting to ban companies from claiming triclosan soaps as being "antibacterial" because numerous studies have demonstrated it does not kill the bacteria it is advertised as doing. Multiple States are currently working on banning it. There are numerous soaps that use biocides which are both safe and effective, but triclosan is not one of them.
Given that the antibacterial agent in this soap is ineffective and potentially unsafe, there's not a whole lot more for me to say. This exact soap in the triclosan-free version is a good choice, but I do not recommend purchasing this product, nor do I recommend purchasing any product containing triclosan. There are no potential health benefits. There are multiple health risks that may be more severe than once thought.
It's not worth risking your own well-being. It's not worth risking the well-being of your loved ones.
My grocery (Meijers) has stopped carrying this product. I use it because it is antibacterial, I have used it for years, and I'm not one for change. I was glad to find it on line and in a 5 pack. I was quick in receiving it. Amazon helped me find it. Thank you.
I wasn't sure how to rate this because the product was fine, but the packaging was not! Because of poor packing, one of the bottles opened in shipment and spilled (yuk!) over everything else in the box.