Harmful Effects of Dish Soap

There is a wave of people becoming more and more aware of the types of foods they’re putting into their body as well as the various chemicals we are exposed to. One thing many people over look are the cleaning products used constantly on the things we utilize on a daily basis…like dish soap on our dishes.

A lot of people seem to over look the dish soap…as long as it lathers and washes then its good enough but WRONG. As chemically filled our everyday products are from shampoo, lotion and toothpaste its also reflective in our dish soaps. Check out the ingredients list on your dish soap the next time you get a chance.

In an earlier post I explained the health hazards and exposures of SLS Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. I’ve come to find that many many dish soaps contain the ingredient, even the ones that are deemed to be “green” or “eco friendly”. Dish soap is lathered all over the utensils we use to cook, prepare and eat food. Were being careful with what were putting on our plate but we have to also look at what were using to clean it.

Harmful ingredients found in dish soap available in the supermarket include:

  • Yellow 5 is also another ingredient used in commonly known dish soaps. It is a synthetic dye. Something we are ingesting everyday!
  • Methylisothiazolinone another ingredient found. Its considered by the Environmental Working Group to be between a moderate and high level of an overall hazard and explains that lab studies suggest it may be a neurotoxic. Its main use is as a preservative.
  • Fragrance
  • Pentasodium Entetate (also used in hair dyes)
  • Preservatives
  • Dyes

Imagine the effect of this being absorbed into the body over time, especially if you wash dishes everyday (going into your skin and nails along with ingesting foods eaten from the dishes). Consider making your own dish soap that uses natural ingredients and still does the job. Or take your time to research brands that actually commit to being chemical free.

Below is a list of a few websites and blogs that provide recipes on DIY dish soap, take a look and try it out yourself:





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