First of all, my apologies for dropping the ball on Toxin Tuesday entries! Did the initial one, and have since been caught up in my personal crisis. Time for me to get on with my plan and get out of this funk!
So, Dawn dishwashing liquid. I started using it way back in the day. It was marketed as "Takes grease out of your way". That phrase got me to buy it, and it seemed to me that it was correct. Then they pulled on all of our heart strings, and showed us how Dawn has cleaned up all the ducks and birds that have been victims of oil spills. They still broadcast those commercials! I was disappointed when I researched the products!
My initial search honestly made my mouth drop open in surprise. I found 55 different dishwashing liquids made by Dawn. 55! So many scents and different additives, like Oxi Clean, or Olay. The "grades" given to all of the products are as follows: 9 of the dish liquids got a "C", 4 of them got an "F", and the remainder of the 55 got a "D". I chose to look at the one I always bought; plain old original Dawn, which is now called, "Dawn Simply Clean Dishwashing Liquid, Original". It got a "D".
The health concerns listed as "some concern" are: damage to vision, digestive system effects, and skin irritation. Listed as "moderate concern are: nervous system effects and respiratory effects. Then, the environmental effects listed: of high concern is acute aquatic toxicity, and of moderate concern is chronic aquatic toxicity. So as we wash our dishes with this and flush it down the drain, it is toxifying ground water and our bodies. Sweet!
The main toxic ingredient listed is Methylisothiazolinone. This is the one that causes acute aquatic toxicity and skin irritation. These claims are documented by the Environmental Protection Agency. We see the sweet duckies being washed off with this stuff, but it actually poisons aquatic life.
The Wikipedia entry regarding the M word above is even more frightening! Read it here.
The product I now use for my dishes is Thieves Dish Soap. The product info for it is here. I noticed that the Thieves info mentions that nasty M word also! (As in, our product doesn't contain it!)
When you are ready to try the Thieves Dish Soap, hit me up or order from my personal Young Living site on my home page!