If you're anything like me, the most dreaded part of the evening is tackling the pile of dishes sitting in the sink after dinner. Food coma has set in, and all you want to do is plop on the couch and watch some Netflix. Dish detergents market products with fragrances like "Caribbean Breeze" and "New Zealand Springs"... as if they could transport us to a spa-like paradise while scrubbing baked on cheese remnants. As if this daily scenario wasn't bad enough already, I'm about to enlighten you on what makes this dreaded task even worse than you thought.
POISON. And lots of it. Toxic chemicals abound in dish detergent. Of the 235 “hand washing detergents” listed on Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Healthy Cleaning Database, 58 scored an F. 88 scored a D. What does that score mean? Well it means that you're exposing your largest organ - your skin - to a petroleum-based mixture of chlorine bleaches and other harmful substances that can cause hormonal disruptions, lung and eye irritations, intoxication and even cancer. Everyone knows that our skin in porous, but we seem to forget that every substance you expose it to is taken into your body. When toxins are absorbed through the skin, they bypass your liver and enter the bloodstream and tissues directly, with no filtering. Not to mention the negative environmental impacts these toxins pose.
Some of the scariest chemical ingredients in dish detergents are Formaldehyde, Methylisothiazolinone (try saying that three times in a row!), Triclosan, Phthalates, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, and Sulfuric Acid. I won't go into the details of each chemical, but if you're interested in further education on them, please visit the EWG website. Many manufacturers do not even list the ingredients on the bottle. How do they get away with that? The FDA doesn’t mandate ingredient disclosure on household products. And since there is no requirement for companies to list the ingredients, companies can choose to use catchall terms for highly toxic chemicals. But if these products are so great, what are they hiding?
Now before you throw your dishpan hands up in the air and start using disposable plates (which is NOT the answer!)... there are safer alternatives. Look for products that contain ingredients that are plant-based, as opposed to petroleum-based. Sensible Suds liquid soap is the perfect solution. Gentle on your hands, gentle on the environment, but tough on grease. All of our powerful, plant-derived cleaning agents are disclosed. Sensible Suds liquid soap is also fragrance and dye free. I don't know about you, but I have been turned off by many a glass that I went to take a drink out of, that still smelled of Caribbean Breeze. There is just no need for my dishes to have a fragrance left on them. Furthermore, that remaining scent is proof that the chemicals leave a residue behind. You are then eating and drinking said chemicals. No thank you!!
Sensible Suds liquid soap does double duty as a hand soap. I use it in the bathroom, as well as in the kitchen. And should you desire a scent in your bathroom soap, just add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Sensible Suds liquid soap is packaged in a refillable or recyclable glass bottle, with an attractive, slip resistant shape.... what more could you ask for? Well, besides a maid to do the dishes, that is.