Ditch your Dish Soap

As a part of my Tuesdays are for Tips Instagram Live video series, I provided some insight into why you should throw away your dish soap. You know, that super bubbley, maybe green or blue gel-like substance sitting on your kitchen counter that you use every. single. day. Ya, that one.

In my video I get into some nitty-gritty details about what’s really hiding in your dish soap that you could be completely unaware of. Oh, you don’t use Dawn or Palmolive? Maybe you use Mrs. Meyers or even Seventh Generation. Well, news flash. They are still toxic. Below the video I provided a video outline, letting you know what I am talking about and when I am talking about it if you want to skip around! At the end I provide a quick and easy NON-TOXIC DIY dish soap recipe. You can also find it at the bottom of this post.


  • Introduction (0:36)

  • Most Common Household Brands

    • Dawn Ultra, Palmolive, Gain, Ajax (1:06)
      • Common Ingredients For these Big Box Brands“Fragrance” (2:10)
          • Not regulated
          • Loopholes in US labeling regulations 
          • Hormone Disruption & Phthalates
        • Phenoxyethanol (4:10)

          • Anti-microbial compound
          • Skin irritation and neurotoxin.
          • Can depress the central nervous system and can cause vomiting and diarrhea
          • This is also found in Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash
          • Limited to 1% in the EU
        • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) (5:34)

          • Foaming compounds (3x the bubbles!!!!!!!)
          • Skin irritation or allergic reactions
          • Can Leave residual amounts on the brain, lungs, liver, & heart. SLS mimics Estrogen.
          • Eye irritation and poor eye development.
          • Contamination with 1,4 dioxane (7:14)
        • Methylisothiazolinone (8:20)

          • Respitory and Skin irritation
          • Can trigger Eczema
          • Restricted to .01% by the EU
  • “Clean” Dish Soap (9:12)

    • “All Natural”, “Green” “Eco-Friendly” “Aromethereputic” are not regulated terms
    • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Dish Soap (various scents) (9:52)

      • Vague description of “fragrance”mixture of natural, high-quality essential oils and safe synthetic fragrance ingredients
        • Synthetic fragrance (including perfumes) are today’s second-hand smoke.
    • Seventh Generation Free & Clear (11:56)

      • Contains SLS
      • Contains Methylisothiazolinone
  • FDA Banned Chemicals vs. European Commission Bans (13:38)

    • USA Banned chemicals: about 11
    • EU Banned Chemicals: over 1400 banned chemicals and even more regulated one


DIY Recipe (15:27)


Additional Resources:

EU Banned and Limited Chemicals List






Skin Absorption