Dish soaps contain a number of chemicals that do a great job of cutting through the grease and cleaning dishes and utensils. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals are harmful, some more so than others.
If your dish washing soap contains any of the following chemicals, you may want to swap it for another that is made from natural ingredients.
- Cocamide DEA – Added to generate foam in dish soap. Recognized as an immune system toxin.
- Cocamidopropyl betaine – Synthetic surfactant. It causes allergic dermatitis.
- Ethanol – A solvent. Facilitates penetration of other chemicals into the skin.
- Limonene – Artificial scent. Causes respiratory problems. Potential carcinogen.
- Parabens – Preservatives. Linked to breast cancer.
Developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin, lung, and throat irritation, carcinogenic effects, weakening of the central nervous system are just some of the harmful effects associated with synthetic dish soap.
Natural dish soap contains plant-based ingredients and is therefore almost totally safe to use. Minor skin irritation is the only possible drawback that one can associate with dish soap that is free of petroleum-based ingredients.
Organic dish soaps contain ingredients such as aloe, sunflower petals, wild horsemint, olive oil, and cinnamon.
6 powerful reasons for switching to natural detergents
- Contact with natural detergents is generally safe for the skin.
- Organic dish washers are free of proven toxic chemicals including phosphates and chlorine.
- The absence of synthetic dyes and perfumes makes them safe for use by all, including those with allergies.
- Natural detergents do not pollute streams, lakes, and rivers.
- Organic dish soap does its job – it cleans, removes stains, and brightens.
- Available for standard and high efficiency machines.
Dishwashing liquids and soaps do not always list all the ingredients being used, and often couch the harmful chemicals in vague terms. Even some so-called natural dishwashing soaps contain chemicals in proportions deemed toxic by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Organic dish soaps can be purchased from health food stores, retail chains, and from online shops.