Triclosan is the usual antibacterial element in most soap. Several concerns about its use.
1. bacterial mutation and consequently resistance
2. build up in humans, concentrating in cells, liver, nervous system
3. more drying than ordinary soaps
4. gray water run off and direction of the antibacterial chemical
a. affect soil micro health,
b. ultimately in our food
When we attempt to circumvent natural or centuries-tried remedies by inventing chemical shortcuts such as ddt, synthetic hormones, etc., we humans and the earth lose.
A few links and some excerpts to review re antibacterial soap
American Medical Association (AMA), although they stopped short of recommending that people avoid using the popular soaps, lotions and mouthwashes...A trade group, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, had previously lobbied the AMA against having any position on antibacterial products.
Warning: Toxic chemical triclosan can turn your toothpaste into chloroform
Monday, February 13, 2006 ... The manufacturers of products that have triclosan in them keep saying that it is perfectly safe and that it only affects the nervous systems of various organisms.