We all know that dishwashing liquids contain chemical substances that pose significant health risks; nevertheless, we continue using them either because of laziness or because we don’t believe that these substances may actually harm us.
If you want to take care of your health, you should try an alternative to toxic dishwashing detergents.
Harmful substances in dishwashing detergents
Ammonia – being exposed to a large quantity of ammonia may cause irritation of the eyes, the nose and the respiratory system, and may even cause death.
Tar may be absorbed in the skin and may cause burns.
Cocamide is a genetically modified version of coconut oil, which is possibly carcinogenic.
Bleach can accumulate in the body and may cause bronchitis or asthma.
Diethanolamine, triethanolamine and monoethanolamine enhance the foaming, but may cause liver tumors or even cancer.
Formaldehyde exposure may cause asthma.
Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate are some of the most widely used chemical compounds which absorb very easily into the skin and cause irritations.
Ether – prolonged exposure to ether leads to anemia and may affect the quality of semen.
Phosphates – the use of phosphates may lead to the destruction of the flora and fauna.
Now, here’s the alternative to toxic dishwashing detergents:
- 1 cup baking soda
- ¼ cup salt
- 10–15 drops lemon essential oil
- 150 mL white vinegar
Mix the baking soda and the salt in the glass jar and then add the essential oils and vinegar. Shake well.
1. Use a teaspoon to wash less dirty dishes.
2. Use a tablespoon to wash dirtier dishes.
This natural detergent may also be used in the dishwashing machine.