Triclosan and Triclocarban

What Are Triclosan and Triclocarban?

Items made with triclosan

Triclosan and triclocarban are antimicrobial ingredients that slow or stop the growth of germs such as bacteria and mildew. Triclosan is currently used in a wide variety of products—from hand soaps, to medical devices, to footwear, caulk, carpet and many others. P&G no longer uses triclosan in any products and is in the process of exiting triclocarban as well.

Being safe

Triclosan and triclocarban have been used safely in consumer products for decades.

Triclosan slows or stops the growth of bacteria.

Both triclosan and triclocarban can slow or stop the growth of some bacteria that can cause harm, such as salmonella or E.coli.

Feeling safe

Although triclosan and triclocarban are known to be safe through numerous studies and regulatory reviews, there are ongoing discussions about how effective they are for reducing bacteria compared to regular soap. Due to our limited use of both ingredients, we have already eliminated triclosan from our products and have an exit plan for our few remaining uses of triclocarban. We will exit triclocarban by 2017.