Did you know that dishwasher detergents are a leading cause of childhood poisoning in America?
This is because ingestion of dishwashing detergents, particularly automatic dishwashing detergents is incredibly toxic due to the high concentration of the caustic chemicals.
Why Automatic Dishwashing Detergents (ADDs) Are So Toxic
Most of the ingredients are carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and neurotoxins. The chemicals in most conventional dishwasher detergents can cause inflammation, hormonal imbalance, brain fog, immune health issues, brain damage, mental issues, reproductive and fertility issues, and more.
Per Poison Control: “The same ingredients that make ADDs so effective against fats, proteins, and other types of food grime also make them dangerous if they are swallowed, inhaled, or come into contact with eyes or skin. These special qualities of ADDs make them strong irritants capable of causing chemical burns. Whether someone swallows some ADD, gets it on their skin or eyes, or inhales it, the resulting effects depend on three important factors: the product itself, the amount, and the duration of exposure.”
Residue from detergents left on dishes could harm gut health
Studies have found that residue from dishwashing detergents are left over after washing and can enter your body with your next meal. If a dishwashing tablet can dissolve heavy grease and grime from your dishes , imagine what this leftover residue can do to the delicate lining of your gut.
Most Brands Contain Sulphuric Acid
This chemical is used in dishwashing gel and dishwasher detergent. It is carcinogenic and can cause burns upon contact with the skin. Moreover, it is mainly known to cause laryngeal cancer, nasal sinus cancer, and pneumonitis.
Other Toxic Ingredients Include:
Cocamide DEA: Might cause cancer, and aquatic toxicity.
DMDM Hydantoin: Irritation of the skin, eyes, or lungs.
Ethanolamine: A CORROSIVE CHEMICAL and contact can severely irritate and burn the skin and eyes with possible eye damage
Formaldehyde: Concerns include cancer, general systemic/organ effects, respiratory effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage, acute aquatic toxicity.
Fragrance: Artificial fragrances can contain hundreds, even thousands of chemicals, including phthalates. Since fragrances are protected as a trade secret, the full ingredients do not have to be listed on the label.
Methylisothiazolinone: Moderately to highly acutely toxic in oral, dermal, eye irritation, dermal irritation, and inhalation acute toxicity studies.
Propylene Glycol: Exposure can cause headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, and passing out. Can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.
Sodium Borate: Exposure can cause headache, dizziness, weakness, tremors, lightheadedness and passing out.
Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate known to cause skin irritation.
By switching to a more natural dishwasher detergent, you’ll reduce the number of highly toxic chemicals in your life and home. This is what I use