Yes, I’ll admit the title is unusual. But there is a serious reason behind it. My dish soap got an “F”.
Martha Stewart’s dish soap got a “B” and one from Whole Foods got an “A.” Something has got to change.
The Environmental Working Group, famous for their analysis of pesticides in produce (the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”) has recently taken up a new cause. They now have a rating system for household products–things like laundry detergent, shower cleaner and, yes, dish soap.
According to their website, the new guide, “reviews and rates more than 2,000 popular household cleaning products with grades A through F, based on the safety of their ingredients and the information they disclose about their contents.”
Now most of us have some level of concern about toxins we might consume in our foods, but far fewer have thought about the chemical in other products that they use. But harmful ingredients can also be absorbed though the skin (“what goes on you, goes in you”) or breathed in. And I won’t get into the issues their manufacture can pose for the environment. Why go there when there are safer alternatives?
In this new analysis, the EWG says that my dish soap, which I have used since I was a child, contains formaldehyde (isn’t that the smelly stuff they keep dead animals in?) which may cause cancer, methanol which may cause damage to vision along with a number of other things I can’t begin to pronounce. And it isn’t even one of the antibacterial soaps that are drawing increased scrutiny!
I hate to think about what’s in the mildew remover!
Over the next couple of months, I plan to try new products as my cleaning supplies run out. (This means dish soap will come quickly, dusting supplies, not so much). Stay tuned and I will try to share what I learn.
Want to read more in the meantime? Check out the EWG guide.