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Last updated on September 19th, 2017 at 09:28 am
This is probably not a newsflash, but most dishwasher detergents including dishwasher powder products can contain ingredients that are not good for us or for the environment. Typically, they fall into four types.
The first type is phosphates. Phosphates leak into water systems and promote the overgrowth of algae, which depletes the water’s oxygen supply, killing off fish.
When a dishwasher detergent is advertised as being “non-toxic” or even “natural,” sometimes all it means is that it is free of phosphates, which is a good step in the right direction.
In addition to phosphates, manufacturers often use chlorine and sulfuric acid. These harmful chemicals can release fumes during the drying cycle.
Preservatives are the next group of ingredients of which to be wary. Benzisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are the most common preservatives in liquid detergents. The EPA cautions against their use in food, and here we are using them to wash our dishes.
And lastly, manufacturers often use synthetic fragrance. As you may know, in the U.S., manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients in fragrance, which are usually closely guarded trade secrets.
I searched high and low and found a number of dishwasher detergents that don’t contain these culprits.
However, in addition to knowing the ingredients in the detergent, it is also important to know how the detergent is made. This is because the process of ethoxylation (i.e. using ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen) can result in product contaminated with 1,4-dioxane (which is linked with cancer), and you won’t find either ethylene oxide or 1,4-dioxane on the label. For example, Seventh Generation detergents contain ethoxylated ingredients.
So I narrowed my search to those products that avoided the above problem ingredients and were not made by the process of ethoxylation.
Over the years, I have tried many dishwasher detergents and learned that if a dishwasher detergent does not contain ethoxylated ingredients, chances are that it won’t work very well.
With this said, you can probably imagine how thrilled I was when I discovered MamaSuds Automatic Dishwasher Powder. It works well, leaving the dishes clean, sparkly, and without any white film. And it is made with only 4 simple safe ingredients.
Michelle, the founder of MamaSuds®, spent 2 years figuring out how to make a safe dishwasher powder that works. And I am glad that she did not give up in the process so now we can enjoy a product that we can use without wondering how much of its residue we are ingesting or how it impacts the environment.
MamaSuds Automatic Dishwasher Powder Ingredients
Non-GMO Citric Acid: Citric acid is often derived from GMO corn, but Michelle made sure that the citric acid she uses is made from non-GMO corn. Citric acid is safe – it is added to store-bought tomato sauces and other foods to add a sour flavor and to help with preservation. It is considered safe – in small quantities of course.
Sodium Bicarbonate: is also known as baking soda – also safe.
Sodium Percarbonate: is prepared from hydrogen peroxide and sodium carbonate. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen so all you are left with is sodium carbonate, which we talk about next. So while it is not a food grade ingredient, it does not leave any concerning residue (source).
Sodium Carbonate: aka washing soda or soda ash, is a white odorless powder; it can be irritating to the lungs if inhaled (so don’t do it!) and it can make you very sick if eaten in large quantities (as can a lot of other things); however, it is not known to be harmful to the environment and it is rated 1 on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being most toxic) in the Skin Deep database with a fair amount of data.
In fact, MamaSuds dishwasher detergent is rated in the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) Guide to Healthy Cleaning and received the highest rating – an “A.” Sometimes, a product can be rated “A” in the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, while not all individual ingredients are rated A. Here, every ingredient is rated A and two out of four are food-grade. After reading ingredients of so many dishwasher detergents, I can say with confidence that this is the cleanest product I have seen. Now let’s talk about its performance.
MamaSuds Automatic Dishwasher Powder Performance
I rinse leftovers of food off the dishes. Per instructions, it says to use 0.5 to 2 scoops in the dishwasher dispenser, depending on how big the load is. Initially, I used 1 scoop and it worked great. I also used vinegar in the rinse aid compartment. The dishes came out clean. Then, I decided to use only 0.5 scoop and the dishes came out clean too – amazing!
Where to Buy MamaSuds Automatic Dishwasher Powder
You can buy on www.mamasuds.com with the coupon IRLFY10 and you will receive 10% storewide.
By the way, I like MamaSuds’s other products with the exception of laundry detergent as it contains sodium borate.
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