Whether you’ve got a dishwasher in your home or not, everyone’s got to wash some things by hand from time to time, including pots and pans, and large baking items. There are always a million types of dish soap available (well maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much) but many of them are created with chemicals and ingredients that are man-made. Today, unlike even only a couple of years ago, there are many more natural and plant-derived options available for dishwashing. There are always new brands to try though, or new scents or varieties to use, and I’d love to hear from you which ones have worked well for you, and which haven’t made the slice.
Yaya Maria’s Natural Dish Soap – Tough on grease, gentle on hands: the only natural dish soap that keeps your family safe & your dishes clean. Cruelty-free, biodegradable & money-back guarantee. Natural dishwasher detergent had proven to be my nemesis for years. After trying so many different brands with marginal results, I seriously had to ask myself if it was well worth the effort. I spent a while and refreshed my research on the topic and here’s why it really is important…
- Chlorine bleach is still a key ingredient in most mainstream brands. This poisonous chemical can cause some major respiratory troubles, particularly when chlorine fumes are released into the air during the drying cycle. There’s just no reason to expose your growing children to toxic indoor air when there are so many safer alternatives available.
- Synthetic fragrances are very common and often contain phthalates. · Keep in mind how more than 3,000 chemicals can lawfully hide behind the term “perfume” on a product label? If you check out the “eco” version of a brand like Palmolive, you’ll see perfume listed, and that means you have to be careful with “natural” statements.
- Sulfuric acid is also added to regular detergents too. It’s very corrosive, can cause burns and is suspected of causing asthma. Did you happen to notice sulfuric acid was also listed in Palmolive’s eco detergent?
As you can see, dishwashers are a surprisingly big source of indoor air pollution because we end up inhaling chemical vapors during the wash cycle and even more so after you open the door when the dishes are done.
SWITCHING TO A NATURAL DISHWASHER
I made a decision to test my skills at a DIY formula for an automated detergent. And although it experienced great to know I’d made something non-toxic and inexpensive, it just didn’t get the job done. So I began working my way through some of the major eco-brands to see if they could do a little better. I was disappointed with many of the eco-brands.