Long ago, I learned that “the only one who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper.” We buy the same products with the same ingredients for our homes out of habit. Rather than adapt to new information about safety or effectiveness, we get in a rut. I feel that way when I am in a doctor’s office or a hospital bathroom and the familiar hand soap pump is on the sink. I can’t help myself when I turn the bottle around and check the label for ingredients which more times than not lists triclosan. What is so bad about triclosan and why is it in the news?Why Should You Care?Triclosan is added to hand soaps and other products like toothpaste, deodorants, eye shadows, and moisturizers due to its “antibacterial” action. Sounds good, right? Actually, the concern about triclosan is growing. For example, Target Corporation has a list of chemicals it is pressuring suppliers to remove from products sold at their stores and triclosan was recently added to the list. Wal-Mart has a similar list but it does not post the contents for the public.