Are dishwashing soaps secretly destroying your health?

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01/6Why you should avoid dishwashing soaps?

The story of every kitchen is incomplete without the mention of dishwashing liquids, that earlier used to be messier before soaps were replaced with fancy –looking squeeze bottles. While the form and look have changed, you will be surprised to know that the harm they cause to our body remains the same. While many of us argue that the increased concentration of vinegar and lemon makes them safe for the body, the experts believe that there are chemicals that can’t be detected by the naked eye and are way more harmful to the human body. Let us tell you what those invisible ingredients that make dishwashing soaps harmful are.

02/6Use Triclosan

The dish wash soaps brands often use an active ingredient called Triclosan (in liquid form), which is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. It has been proven that the chemical has its adverse effects on the mitochondria—the powerhouse of our cells.

03/6Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

You will be surprised to know that most dishwashing soaps and toilet cleaners, both use a chemical called Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is generally used as a foaming agent that helps clean the surface of utensils. It has been mentioned by the experts that it can be absorbed by skin cells and may lead to rashes and allergic reactions.

04/6Harmful for environment

They also use phosphates, a very common chemical used in the dishwashing gels that can disrupt an ecosystem when introduced in a concentrated form. It has been observed that releasing phosphates into water bodies through your drainage system causes algae formation that adversely affects the ecosystem.

05/6How harmful they are?

While nothing has been documented to date, according to experts they use chemicals in various permutations and combinations along with fragrances, colouring dyes, sodium salts and preservatives that are obviously bad for the body. Experts strongly believe that even after washing the utensils under running water, it is expected that some particles of these chemicals stick to plates, cutlery, and utensils and harm the body in the long run.

06/6Is there any alternative?

Earlier, Indian households used red/brown mud for cleaning utensils and it was believed that the natural elements have the power to kill all bacteria. In the present time, where everything is adulterated and polluted, experts feel that the use of vinegar and lemon juice can be smart ways of assuring that utensils are clean.

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01/6Why you should avoid dishwashing soaps?

The story of every kitchen is incomplete without the mention of dishwashing liquids, that earlier used to be messier before soaps were replaced with fancy –looking squeeze bottles. While the form and look have changed, you will be surprised to know that the harm they cause to our body remains the same. While many of us argue that the increased concentration of vinegar and lemon makes them safe for the body, the experts believe that there are chemicals that can’t be detected by the naked eye and are way more harmful to the human body. Let us tell you what those invisible ingredients that make dishwashing soaps harmful are.

02/6Use Triclosan

The dish wash soaps brands often use an active ingredient called Triclosan (in liquid form), which is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. It has been proven that the chemical has its adverse effects on the mitochondria—the powerhouse of our cells.

03/6Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

You will be surprised to know that most dishwashing soaps and toilet cleaners, both use a chemical called Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is generally used as a foaming agent that helps clean the surface of utensils. It has been mentioned by the experts that it can be absorbed by skin cells and may lead to rashes and allergic reactions.

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04/6Harmful for environment

They also use phosphates, a very common chemical used in the dishwashing gels that can disrupt an ecosystem when introduced in a concentrated form. It has been observed that releasing phosphates into water bodies through your drainage system causes algae formation that adversely affects the ecosystem.

05/6How harmful they are?

While nothing has been documented to date, according to experts they use chemicals in various permutations and combinations along with fragrances, colouring dyes, sodium salts and preservatives that are obviously bad for the body. Experts strongly believe that even after washing the utensils under running water, it is expected that some particles of these chemicals stick to plates, cutlery, and utensils and harm the body in the long run.

06/6Is there any alternative?

Earlier, Indian households used red/brown mud for cleaning utensils and it was believed that the natural elements have the power to kill all bacteria. In the present time, where everything is adulterated and polluted, experts feel that the use of vinegar and lemon juice can be smart ways of assuring that utensils are clean.