DIY All Natural and Eco-Friendly Dishwashing Detergent
“Out of sight, out of mind” is an axiom that many live by, especially when cleaning. A clean home is associated with no trace of noticeable dirt, stainless carpets, and not a dirty dish in sight. Such a home is typically unrealistic, but that does not change the effort put into a perfect home. There is a common belief that once the surfaces in a home are clean, and all the imperfections gone, the home is healthier, and most fitted for families. The pressures of maintaining a clean home can lead to an urgency to complete the job regardless of the materials being used. Due to this urgency, it is easy to overlook the toxic and harsh ingredients in cleaning products that should be replaced. We will explain some misconceptions of cleaning products and how to truly make your home a healthier place with alternative options.
One specific area that is overlooked for safety but used daily is dish detergent. When getting the dishes done, we do not stop to consider the ingredients in detergents. These ingredients are landing on our plates, sitting on the shelves in our homes, and affecting us and our loved ones.
Many dish detergents contain toxins which are harmful, and in some cases, could be affecting our health. Fragrances, Phthalates, Benzothiazolinone, Sodium hypochlorite (bleach), and dyes are all concerning ingredients commonly found in the average dish detergent. Fragrances can trigger asthmas or allergies, and can also be made up of several unknow chemicals. Phthalates, are known to cause skin and eye burns. Sodium hypochlorite (bleach) as well as dyes, have a history of being skin irritants, which also are dangerous if consumed.
While the most common side effects of dish detergents are irritated skin and harmful residue, there is far harsher risks if the average store-bought detergents are ingested. In fact, the dishwasher detergents are fatal when consumed and have sadly taken the lives of children. Such toxic material is concerning to have in your home, especially with children. Their damage doesn’t end once you wash them down the drain, as these chemicals could potentially make their way into the environment.
Like with all cleaning supplies, the ingredient lists are not monitored by the USDA. Due to the lack of supervision, it is crucial to check out the ingredient list of your dish detergents to avoid any harmful chemicals, or simply follow the recipe for an all-natural, eco-friendly dish detergent to use in your home.
Eco-Friendly Recipe for an All Natural Dishwasher detergent
- 3 lemons
- 10 oz of White vinegar
- 1 cup of Sea salt
- 17 oz of Water
First, squeeze the lemons to extract the juice. Then, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Boil the mixture for about 15-20 min. Let the mixture cool down and pour it into a bottle of your choice for storage. You will only need to use 2 TBSP for a normal load in the dishwasher. Simply place the liquid detergent into the detergent holder on the machine as usual. This detergent can also be used without the use of a dishwasher.
Doing the dishes is a chore that is seldom enjoyed. Simply completing the task feels like an accomplishment, but don’t let your dishes be the reason for toxins in your home. Use the easy and eco-friendly dish detergent above to keep your kitchen clean and naturally healthy!
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