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Is Your Dish Soap Toxic?

3:57:00 AM Rajesh Rawat 0 Comments

Like it or not – doing your dishes is part of your daily routine. However, this shouldn’t mean that getting exposed to toxic chemicals every day is part of that routine as well. If you’re not following with what this means, here’s a quick question for you: when was the last time you checked the ingredients in your dish soap?

While most people blindly trust conventional dish soap makers with their formulas, research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that all the large brands use ingredients that are highly questionable. You can check out your current dish soap’s safety in their database. Be prepared to get shocked, though. If you’re not using an all natural dish soap (learn more about those here and read this post on the dangers of dish soap), you should take a look some of the commonly found substances in conventional dish soap in the list below:

Methylisothiazolinone: According to the EWG’s Skin Deep website, this commonly-found chemical is connected with allergies as well as neurotoxic issues. Therefore, it is mostly used in rinse-off items. This ingredient is so dangerous that concentrations need to be limited to a minimum to ensure no danger of a poisoning your body. Sound like something you wanna put on your dishes?

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS): SLS is a detergent and also a surfactant utilized to break down surface areas to enable any soap to be extra efficient. SLS is also linked to Nitrosamines, a powerful carcinogen that triggers your body to absorb nitrates, a known carcinogen. Over 40,000 studies in PubMed science have been conducted to investigate the poisonous effects of this dish soap ingredient.  

Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES): SLES is an issue as it may be polluted with Dioxane. Since the liver has a difficult time metabolizing this ingredient efficiently, it stays in the body for a long time.

Sodium Xylene Sulfonate can, in an industrial setting, aggravate the eyes, skin, and your respiratory system.

Artificial scents could contain hundreds, even thousands of chemicals, consisting of phthalates. Considering that scents are safeguarded as a business secret, the complete components do not have to be listed on a product’s label. Fragrances are a frequent cause of skin irritations.

Triclosan was presented to the industry in 1972, although it was initially developed and registered as a chemical in 1969. Triclosan is an antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal ingredient found in many household products such as soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics, antiperspirants, emergency treatment items, kitchen ware, workplace, clothes as well as air filters, anti-microbial sponges, and paints.

Phthalates are manmade chemicals used in a selection of items such as personal care products, food packaging, plastic devices, jar covers and plastic tubes. Phthalates could affect estrogen as well as testosterone levels.

The key takeaway point of all of this should be that being a label reader is essential if you want to know exactly what is included in the formulas of the products you are using. Just as this is the case with personal care products, dish soaps are no exception to this either. If you believe that this seemingly benign product does not contain ingredients that constitute a threat to your health, then you are mistaken.

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