I know this is going to seem like a simple tip but it can make the world of difference in everyday health and the ability to move into cleaning simplicity: Buy liquid hand dish detergent that is free of dyes and fragrance. A trip to the health food store will help you find a green brand or two to try out if you haven’t already. (I’ve found that the competition in the green cleaning arena is strong enough that those that survive tend to be very good.)
Just switching to fragrance-free hand dish detergent will make the world of difference to the indoor air quality in your kitchen. Synthetic fragrances are made of a large number of petroleum products, hundreds in fact, and can cause a number of health problems including aggravating asthma and neurotoxic reactions. So if you wear gloves when you wash dishes and therefore not too worried about the dyes (usually a green color) in the detergent, you will still breathe in the scent.
Dyes tend to always be up for review for causing cancer and being neurotoxic, and even though I can’t seem to find anything specific about colorants in hand dish detergent I do know that even food grade dyes are being removed from the diets of children because they can cause behavioral problems.
Outside of health concerns, I do love a good, safe, vegetable-based hand washing dish liquid because I then use it for many if not most of my other cleaning formulas. If you use toxic dish liquid in your homemade formulas you miss the main feature of the formulas, they don’t contribute to indoor air quality and are better for the waste water stream.
So, go and buy a great natural product, and try out these formulas to bring simplicity to your cleaning routines:
The 5 Basics of Non-Toxic Cleaning
Cut to the Chase Cleaning.
Care2′s Non-Toxic Cleaning Archives.