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The Benefits of Organic Dishwashing Liquid

Why Buy Organic Dishwashing Liquid & Not Non-Organics?

Organic Cleaning Products

There's a short answer that opens the door to a lot of information and backstory. The short answer is it's important to buy organic dishwashing liquid because your skin is a way in. Our skin is porous, semi-permeable, open to whatever we present to it. The skin is body cleanser too because your body can expel toxins by sweating them out. However, this is greatly hindered by the toxins that greatly overwhelm us on a daily basis. Dishwashing liquid as a source of toxins is no exception.

Some of the toxins that can be found in non-organic dishwashing liquid include, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, silicones, acrylates, preservative and genetically modified organisms, to name only a few-just to wash your dishes!

The harmful effects come from these chemicals and more. Even the foam-builders, and coloring agents can be toxic to our system. And it's not at all needed to have clean dishes.

These chemicals are not good for your body no matter what the purpose. They don't need to be let in through your skin. Not only can they do long term damage in your system, but they can also damage your skin. Some of the chemicals in the formula for soaps can cause allergic reactions such as:
  • Skin Irritation
  • Rashes
  • Skin Breakdown
  • Chafing

You might be thinking, "Oh, I'm so glad that I never wash pots and pans without my gloves." Guess what? The damage is still being done when you let that water and the toxins go down the drain. Recycling water does not filter out everything. These toxins from non-organic dishwashing liquid can soak into the soil, make the fish sick and land animals too. Believe me when I tell you it's about more than just your hands.

Sometimes distinguishing between natural and organic dishwashing liquid can be difficult. In general, if an organic dishwashing liquid has been "organically certified", then you should be able to feel confident that you are truly purchasing an authentic organic product. Sometimes, though, unscrupulous products can claim to be natural or organic without really adhering to those guidelines. This leaves it up to each person to read product labels, and become familiar with the ingredients that are used in common household items.

While this might seem like a tall order initially, once you have familiarized yourself with the appropriate knowledge, you will find that it becomes a much easier task to distinguish between what is safe and what is not. When you take the time to look for organic dishwashing liquid products, you will not only be making a healthier choice for you and your family, you will also be making a healthier choice for the environment in which we all live.

Tips for Buying Organic Dishwashing Liquid

  • Avoid the Following:
    Look for are labels such as "warning", "caution", or "danger". If you see any of these words on the label of a household product, you should know right away that it is not truly safe to use. When looking for organic dishwashing liquid, you want to be sure that you avoid any harmful synthetic chemicals. Ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and DEA should be avoided, as they have been shown to be harmful to our health.² You should also look for those products that have no foam builders, fragrances, colorants, stabilizers, or preservatives.
  • Shop for the Following:
    Many organic dishwashing liquid products will contain ingredients like coconut oil or olive oil. Look for ingredients that are plant-based as opposed to petroleum-based. Choosing plant-based ingredients will save you from exposure to harmful chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer. Depending on where you live (large urban area or smaller rural area), you may or may not be able to find true organic products on the shelves at your favorite retailer. If not, you can find a wide selection of organic dishwashing liquid readily available at most health food stores, as well as online.

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REFERENCES

  1. How toxic are your household cleaning supplies? http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_279.cfm.
  2. Natural Non-toxic laundry and dishwashing products. http://www.healthgoods.com./Shopping/Household_Products/Natural_Non_Toxic_Laundry_Dishwashing_Products.asp.