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The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time

The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time


This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time

The safety of our drinking water has become an issue of increasing alarm ever since the municipal water supply of Flint, Michigan, turned up dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals in 2014. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Iowa have discovered trace amounts of neonicotinoids in Iowa tap water, even after treatment. Neonicotinoids are relatively new to the insecticide world, but they have already been accused of poisoning bee populations around the country. Although research is currently inconclusive regarding the exact effects of neonicotinoid consumption in humans, scientists are worried. Three out of four studies published by the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in a February report drew a connection between repeated exposure to neonicotinoid chemicals and accidental poisoning.

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Investor Warren Buffett Is the New Face of Cherry Coke in China

Coca-Cola is honoring renowned investor and Coke fan Warren Buffett by making him the face of its cherry flavor in China. The company introduced Cherry Coke throughout mainland China on March 10 in cans decorated with a grinning likeness of Buffett. According to Shelly Lin, marketing director for trademark for Coca-Cola China, the brand wanted to celebrate the launch with “its best-known fan.” The limited edition product is currently only available in China, but will be available in America during Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, in May.

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Can Eating Marmite Make You Smarter?

It may be unappealing to everyone but the Brits, but Marmite is some serious brain food, thanks to its high levels of vitamin B12. A recent study from psychologists at the University of York studied the effects on brain activity of eating the popular yeast spread. Vitamins like B12 can help reduce the “background noise” of stimuli to help maintain a healthy brain that can easily focus. Scientists say that the vitamin found in Marmite "regulates the delicate balance of activity needed to maintain a healthy brain.” They also suggested regular consumption could help decrease epileptic seizures and reduce chances of dementia. “[Regulating brain activity] is important for preventing overactive neural responses, which might in extreme cases result in seizures,” study author Dr. Daniel Baker said in a statement.

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These Edible Chopsticks Were Made to Save Agriculture, But Taste Like Traditional Japanese Mats

Although chopsticks are typically made from recycled material, it’s not necessarily the most eco-friendly habit to toss utensils in the trash after a single use. One company, Marushige Confectioner, has found a way to counter the waste by creating edible chopsticks. According to RocketNews24, the chopsticks are made of igusa, a type of reed that’s typically used to make Japanese tatami floor mats. While the chopsticks are technically edible, most people in Japan don’t consider igusa a common ingredient; however, the company says it has found two Tokyo restaurants willing to provide the eating utensils to customers.

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Baileys’ Newest Product Is Vegan and Gluten-Free

Baileys has expanded its offerings to those with gluten-free and vegan diets with its recently launched Almande Almondmilk Liqueur. According to the company, the vegan product is a “naturally light” spirit that has the same caloric content as a 5-ounce glass of wine. Almande Almondmilk Liqueur is available nationwide at spirits retailers for a suggested retail price of $21 for a 750 milliliter bottle.

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The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


The Daily Dish: This Toxic Insecticide Has Been Found in US Drinking Water for the First Time - Recipes

Recently, I saw an article floating around Facebook and the internet about Original Dawn Dish Soap and all its benefits . from using it in your garden to your skin and your hair. This article even said it's biodegradable! What? Are you kidding me? I know we shouldn't believe everything we read, but I know some people out there are probably buying Dawn right now and that's just crazy. All I could think is why do people use Dawn to kill their weeds if it's safe and natural?

Knowing that Dawn was not a great dish soap, I wanted to know the facts. I was surprised to learn that Dawn doesn't even list it's ingredients on the bottle. If it's so great, what are they hiding? Without even looking at a label, you can see that it has added dyes and synthetic fragrances, neither are ever good or natural! The Environmental Working Group gave Dawn a 'D' grade because of it containing methylisothiazolinone, which is a "High Concern: acute aquatic toxicity Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage". Sounds delightful, right? Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which is considered a groundwater contaminant.

Knowing that Dawn should not the the soap for anyone, I wanted to know what is. I found that many dish soaps, even ones that claim to be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' have the preservative methylisothiazolinone. It is exactly that, parts and in some cases, most of the detergent may be 'natural', 'chemical free' and 'made from plants' but not all of it.

So, what exactly is methylisothiazolinone and should we be concerned? It is an antimicrobial and preservative in the form of a soluble concentrated liquid or solid that is used in a variety of applications, such as personal care and cleaning products. According to the EPA in the 1998 document, "Reregistration Eligibility Decision, Methylisothiazolinone", Methylisothiazolinone is a highly corrosive chemical that has been found to be toxic when ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin or eyes in animal studies."

  • Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1,4 Dioxane-free
  • Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
  • Dye-free
  • Petrochemical-free
  • Glycol-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • Caustic-free

I was surprised to see that even Earth Friendly Products, Ultra Dishmate contained methylisothiazolinone! Dish soaps that I see often at the store and would think that they are great actually got 'F's from the EWG. To name a few, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation got very low scores for both personal and environmental safety. Method brand, Green Works, Bon Ami Dish Soap are dish soaps that often claim to be very 'natural' and are anything but . shame on you all!

The Good: Dish Soap to Look for

Better Life Dish it Out and Planet Ultra Dishwashing Liquid are both detergents that get great scores from the EWG and as far as I can tell don't have any toxic ingredients. Well done guys! However, I always feel the best is to make it homemade. I know exactly what's going in and it always does a great job. Here's my favorite recipe:

DIY Homemade Dish Soap:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
1/4 cup + 2 T liquid castile soap
2 t super washing soda
1 t vegetable glycerin
30-40 drops essential oil (I use 20 lemon to help cut the grease, 10 lavender and 10 tea tree)

Mix water and grated bar soap in a pot. Bring it to boil and mix it until the bar soap has completely mixed in. Meanwhile, add your liquid castile soap, washing soda, vegetable glycerin and essential oils to your container. Once your water and bar soap has completely mixed, add it to the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Check out more of my DIY Natural Cleaners too! And please remember, we need to be educated and read labels . the fine print of the labels is always the most important not what they advertise on the front of the bottle!

I feel like after this research, my head was spinning a little and I was remembering why I didn't like chemistry, but I'm so glad I looked into it. I can't say it enough . don't let the advertisers win, let's educate ourselves to make our homes and families safe!


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