Last week, I found myself running low on dishwashing liquid and decided I was in the mood to go shopping. For the past 10-12 months, I switched my dishwashing liquid from brands like Dawn and Palmolive to Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid as part of greening my cleaning products and using less chemicals which can be harmful for us as well as our environment.
I have been using castile soap both to wash the dishes as well as for washing hands. A little dilution 1 part castile soap 3 parts water works for me just fine for the dishes.
So like I said, I was running pretty low on dishwashing liquid and decided to go shopping on Amazon. Sometimes a girl likes to change things up (though I still luv my castile soap). I thought I’d give a “green” brand a try. The particular brand I had in mind, I first noticed being sold in Whole Foods Stores. So when I went on the company website to check for different scents of the dish washing liquid, my jaw dropped in utter surprise upon seeing the list of ingredients.
Methylisothiazolinone was on the list of ingredients!
Can you believe my surprise? I couldn’t speak because I was in shock. :O
Due to the recent controversy of Methylisothiazolinone in cosmetic products, I have banned all products containing this ingredient. It’s a synthetic preservative and nowadays, I am more interested in products containing less synthetic chemicals.
(BIG Sigh) Admittingly, I was pretty disappointed because on further searching, Methylisothiazolinone is used in quite a few of their products.
I actually like the brand’s aspirations – caring today for the next seven generations of tomorrows, defending honesty and transparency in commerce, enhancing health through education, activism and innovation…I mean all these actions are ambitious and desirable, my only wish is the company would leave the synthetic preservatives out of their products; at least this one with the concerns.
Until that happens, I guess I am sticking to my castile soap. As for changing it up, I managed to change it up by choosing
Dr. Woods Pure Almond castile soap. It’s a little more liquid-y (watery) than compared to Dr. Bronner’s castile liquid but works really well for cleaning my dishes. They come out squeaky clean and the almond scent is perfect!
In case you were curious, the brand I am speaking of is Seventh Generation. The following are products I found listing Methylisothiazolinone as one of the ingredients as shown on their website:
Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid,
Seventh Generation Wood Cleaner,
Seventh Generation Granite and Stone Cleaner,
Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner,
Seventh Generation Glass and Surface Cleaner,
Seventh Generation Hand Soap (Kitchen),
Seventh Generation Natural 4x Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent
Seventh Generation Natural 2x Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent,
Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Stain Remover
Seventh Generation Liquid Fabric Softener
So what lesson did I learn? Despite a brand being known for or labeled as “green” or “eco friendly”, I still need to read the full list of ingredients and see if there is anything questionable. I may find an ingredient that will shock the pants off of me (not to mention let me down royally).
What products have you banned because of the ingredients?
Do tell! Do tell!
peace out. L