Monday, 27 August 2012

Sunlight - Lemon fresh Dish Soap

I have, in the past, rotated between numerous dish soaps, most of which were the 'green' brands.  However, the accumulation of dirty dishes and lack of soap lead us to make a rash decision to purchase what was on sale.    After a day of cleaning, doing dishes and wiping down counters I noticed the condition of my hands.  Raw, dry and really rough.  One of the biggest indicators of age is a persons hands.  Right now I look to be three times my age.  Not sure if the sale price is worth the cost.  No, that's not entirely true.  My hasty decision verses purchasing a product that in all honesty, isn't that much more won't happen again.

Sunlight - Lemon fresh

Dish Soap
Sunlight - Lemon fresh
Sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate

Sodium laureth sulfate
Cocamidopropyl betaine
Magnesium sulfate
Alcohol denate
Sodium xylene sulfonate

Sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate: belongs to the sulfate group, giving the material the amphiphilic properties required of a detergent. It is derived from coconut and palm oils, and is a found in many domestic cleaning products.  It does not appear to be a carcinogen, or a reproductive/developmental toxin mainly due to the lack of information.  However it is considered to be a respiratory toxin, mutagenic and a severe skin irritant.  Prolonged usage can also cause targeted organ damage. 

Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Used in most soaps and shampoos, it acts as a foaming agent.  It is what causes soaps and shampoos to lather.  It is known to be an irritant, though it is considered safe in small quantities, the more sodium laureth sulfate used the more irritating it becomes. It is not considered to be a carcinogen.  However there is some controversy surrounding this ingredient because it may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane, which is a known carcinogen.

Cocamidopropyl betaine: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a derivate of cocamide and glycine betaine.  It is used as a surfactant as well as a cleaning agent.  It is suspected to be an environmental toxin but not bio accumulative.  It is also a known human immuno toxin.  It mainly affects the skin, eyes and respiratory system.  There appears to be little information on whether it is mutagenic.

Magnesium sulfate: Is an inorganic salt consisting of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. Otis also known as Epsom Salts.  It does not appear to pose much of a risk to either the environment or to humans at reasonable levels.  It does not plead to be a carcinogen or a mutatagen. 

Alcohol Denate: Is added to ingredients to make it taste bad and render it undrinkable. If it is consumed it can cause blindness or death if it contains methanol. To help prevent this, denatonium is often added to the substance to make it taste extremely bitter. Substances such emetic (vomiting) agents such as syrup of ipecac may also be included as well.

Sodium xylene sulfonate: It is considered an organic compound that increases the ability of water to dissolve other molecules. Because of Sodium Xylene Sulfonate's dissolving abilities, Is not considered to e an environmental toxin.  It does not appear to be persistent or bio accumulative.  Though it is considered to be safe for humans, some studies have shown some organ toxicity, specifically the liver.  It has also been proven to be a skin irritant.  But to be honest, it is in a dish soap, it is too be expected somewhat.

Even though Clorox's Green Works isn't totally ideal, it is a startign point or a stepping stone to possibly greater products.  I would like to think that the inventions or innovations of todays time will lead to better products in the future.  We have to start somewhere right? I will leave a link for Green Works for whoever is interested.  I will continue to investigate other products.


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