Is your dish soap safe enough to eat?
When we talk about health, most of our thoughts turn to food. But what about the soap residue on your dishes? While chemicals are added so that dish soap 'falls off dishes' quickly, nothing rinses off dishes completely. Make sure your dish soap is safe enough to eat!

Regular dish detergents, including health brands, contain harmful chemicals. Just like cosmetics, if you wouldn't eat it, do not apply it to your skin or to your dishes!

Using dish soap that is safe enough to eat is not only healthy for you, but also healthy for the earth you live on.

You would assume that dish-washing liquids are fine for the environment, that they are non-toxic, because we eat from things washed in them, but unfortunately, that is not usually the case.

Check your dish soap bottle's ingredients list. Not there? Warning. Companies are not required by law to disclose dish soap ingredients. They should. You need to know what is going on your skin and what you are eating. Always read ingredients labels, if not there, opt for a brand that lists ALL ingredients (not just a partial list).

Does your dish soap contain phosphates, bleaching agents, perfumes, petroleum or dyes? These are known toxins, unfortunately.

Phosphates
Phosphates help make hard water softer, allowing the cleaning ingredients to work better and faster. When put into waterways, phosphates also create huge algae blooms, starving the ocean of oxygen, killing sea life, and creating “dead zones”.

Petroleum Distillates
Many soaps and detergents use petroleum distillates or other petroleum-based ingredients. Not only can these be toxic in large amounts, but you’re using oil!

Ammonia
Ammonia is mildly irritating to moist skin.
Ammonia gas is a severe respiratory tract irritant.

Parfums
The term "fragrance" or "parfum" on a cosmetic ingredients list usually represents a complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. Some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances

Do not rely on marketing at the front of any product, ALWAYS READ THE INGREDIENTS label to find out the real truth. No ingredients listed? Opt for a brand that offers full disclosure.

Related Information:
Less Toxic Product Guide | Dishwashing Liquid

David Suzuki Foundation | Fragrance and parfum | Are your home cleaners hiding something?

Canada Health & Safety | Health hazards associated with breathing in Ammonia

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