August 20, 2018
Healthy Home Swaps : Dish Soap
I just announced the pre-order of my soon to be released book, Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home (make sure you pre-order to get in on the incredible bonuses coming soon). I am so excited to share it with you. Through the book I guide you through my findings about what is in our homes and our daily-use products. If you’ve followed along on Clean Mama you know that I am all about natural products that are truly safe for your family.
Along the way I have recommended products that I believed to be 100% safe that actually weren’t. I corrected those inconsistencies and started making my own DIY cleaners as a result. You can see my DIY cleaning recipes here on the blog. I wrote a whole book on DIY cleaners back in 2014 here and a book on my cleaning routine complete with simple and safe DIY recipes – Simply Clean, 2017. I’m really excited to share some Healthy Home Swaps with you. This is a series intended to test out known safe products and simply share my findings and opinions with you, hopefully making a swap a little bit easier. I’ll continue to test out products with the hope that you’ll consider swapping out your everyday product for a safe alternative.
Today’s installment? Dish soap. You’d think any option would be safe because they come in contact with our food but guess what? They aren’t. Some dish soaps still contain triclosan (which has been banned), many others use petroleum, I recommend a plant-based soap (and any other type of cleaner). What do we have to be concerned with in dish soaps? Asthma and respiratory warnings (this is usually due to artificial fragrance and perfumes), SLS – Sodium Laureth Sulfate (cancer, nervous system damage, etc.) and other sulfates, to name a few. I used to use a very popular hand and dish soap that is marketed as clean, natural, old-fashioned but it’s not safe.
Don’t just assume that something is safe because the company says it is. I’m sharing 5 options that you can purchase online and two that you can purchase at Wal-Mart and/or Target. They’re safe to use, safe to eat food off of and are rated well on EWG.org. Want to see if your dish soap is rated or how it rates? Go here. I aim for A’s when I recommend products. If you can’t find your product, you can always type in ingredients and see what they’re rated too.
Why should you worry about what is in your cleaning products? You guys! There is little to no regulation on ingredients and what is considered safe so you need to do your research and decide what you are okay with. I’ll be sharing information with you in little doses here and there as I always have been but I hope you understand that you should be concerned.
Here are a couple differences I noticed in my testing and use in my home
Safe dish soap doesn’t have the conventional ingredients to make it super bubbly but these options bubble up nicely and cleans even the greasiest of dishes.
Honest Dish Soap
I’m not a fan of the scent of this soap but I really wanted to find a safe option that can be found at Target/Wal-Mart and this is it.
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
I love castile soap for cleaning and can always trust that is 100% safe for any use – you can wash fruits and veggies with it, bathe with it, and even use it to brush your teeth. I love using it as a cleaner, but it’s not my absolute favorite dish soap. The price is deceiving because it is extremely concentrated – you’ll just need a drop or two for a sink full of dishes rather than a full squirt.
Better Life Dish Soap
This brand is a great choice – they have an unscented, lemon mint, and pomegranate scents. Safe and effective, I definitely recommend this one.
Ecover Dish Soap
I like this option – it’s sudsy and works well but is the priciest option.
EO All Purpose Soap
This brand is my favorite hand soap and while they don’t have a ‘dish soap’, this is recommended as a dish soap and it’s wonderful. Lemon/citrus in scent and scented only with essential oils. This is a concentrate and is very concentrated – only a drop or two is necessary for a full, sudsy sink.
EDIT: Because I’ve received quite a few emails with questions specific to Mrs. Meyers Clean Day (link to ratings here) and Seventh Generation dish soap (link to ratings here), I will say that I DO NOT recommend either brand for dish soap – both are rated a ‘C’ and from experience I can say that the ingredients have reacted with my skin and the ‘fragrance’ that is used is not properly disclosed. I know, I am as disappointed as you probably are 🙁
Please note that none of these companies know that I am talking about their products, this is just me testing out products for efficacy and most importantly safety and passing that information on to you. I have added referral links when they are available (my policy is here.)
Here’s how they come out on price
Honest Dish Soap $3.99 / 24 oz ($.17/oz)
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap $15.99 / 32 oz ($.50/oz)
Ecover Dish Soap $9.49 / 25 oz ($.38/oz)
Better Life Dish Soap $6.99 / 22 oz ($.32/oz)
EO All Purpose Soap $10.99 / 32 oz ($.34/oz)
Have you ever contemplated what’s in your dish soap? Have your tried these brands? What are your thoughts?