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Choosing natural dishwashing soap and detergents ensures that washing dishes doesn't harm the environment or your health.

Find it! Natural dishwashing soaps

We've got you covered, no matter your dishwashing preference. Choose from automatic dishwasher powders, gels, and tablets, as well as old fashioned dishwashing soap.

Choosing natural dish soap helps you go green because…

  • It lessens the amount of toxins in your home that are sent down the drain, limiting harm to soil and waterways.
  • Mixing your own dishwashing soaps cuts down on the need to purchase products with unnecessary packaging that would otherwise wind up in a landfill.

Many commercial dishwasher detergents contain phosphates, which prevent those filmy dishwasher spots, but also promote algae blooms in waterways that rob water and aquatic life of oxygen. Phosphates were voluntarily phased out of laundry detergents by manufacturers in the 1990s after states and localities began to limit them. Many states and localities are now beginning to limit phosphates in dishwasher detergents, but they remain in many brands.[1]

Controversies

In a recent study that shook the natural products industry, 100 “natural” and “organic” soaps, shampoos, dish liquids, lotions, and body washes were tested and nearly half contained 1,4-Dioxane, a carcinogenic chemical. This toxin has been found in conventional personal care products but this study commissioned by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) was the first to test green products.[2]

In scientific studies, 1,4-Dioxane has caused cancer in animals; scientists have not yet confirmed the long-term effects on humans. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says current levels do not pose a hazard to consumers but have advised manufacturers to lower amounts in cosmetics and cleaning products as much as possible.[3] None of the products tested that were Certified Organic by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) contained 1,4-Dioxane. In response to this study, some of the affected companies have said they will work toward removing 1,4-Dioxane from their products.[3]

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