The Dirt on Dish Detergent

Goodbye detergent! launched the saying, “Just Say No to Soap!” to help reduce our need for soaps and to inform people about the damage soap can cause not only to the environment, but also to our health.

There are many chemicals and toxins in dish detergents, hand soaps, and many other types of cleaning solutions found in the majority of American homes today. Those chemicals are listed on the back of your products, but most of us don’t know what any of the ingredients are.

It’s important to understand that some of these chemicals get into our water systems and affect the environment deeply when we use dish soap. Triclosan is a common chemical found in soaps that is toxic to algae, phytoplankton, and other aquatic life. This chemical washes down our drains and into our water systems, which becomes a contaminant of streams and rivers.

Another example of a dangerous chemical is one called MIT (methylisothiazolinone), which is found in anti-microbial soaps, hand soaps, dish soaps, and many personal care products.

    “People buy these personal care products thinking they’re protecting themselves from infectious microbes….This mythology has been promoted by the manufacturers of these products who, through clever advertising, propagate the distortion that bacteria on the kitchen counter and in the bathroom are responsible for making people sick. But the reality is that we don’t live in a sterile environment anyway: the only thing that prevents you from getting sick is a healthy immune system.” To read more about MIT and antimicrobial soap, check this out: http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/index.cfm

A great way to start changing your lifestyle in terms of soap usage is to switch to fragrance-free soaps and dish detergents. They will change the indoor air quality in your kitchen as well as the condition of your skin and airways. The synthetic fragrances found in dish soaps are made of a large number of petroleum products, which can cause health problems for you.

Another idea that you can consider is making your own homemade dish soap or buying a natural product that doesn’t contain dyes, petroleum, or additives. They are better for the waste water stream, safer for us, and help the indoor air quality.

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