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Non-Toxic Dishwashing Soap Guide

Written by Irina Webb

When I was growing up, we used lye soap for washing the dishes.  Although it was of an unpleasant brown color and did not smell good, the lye soap did a good job on the dishes and was safe.  But then, “fancy” bottles with dishwashing liquid filled the market and the lye soap became unpopular.  If only we had stopped to think what we were allowing into our kitchens, discharging into our waterways, and allowing back into our kitchens through our water taps!  It is time we said “no” to toxic dish soap and started using non-toxic dish soap instead.  Keep reading this non-toxic dishwashing soap guide to discover the best options for you and the environment.    

Non-Toxic Dishwashing Soap Guide for you. A photo of washing dishes with non-toxic dish soap.

The worst dishwashing soap

To make it easier, I classified dishwashing products into four categories – worst, bad, better, and best. 

To identify the worst kind, look for the following ingredients on the product label:

  • Fragrance
  • Colorants
  • Ethoxylated ingredients
  • Benzisothiazolinone
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

Let us discuss them briefly.

Fragrance in dishwashing liquids

If you have read my other posts, you may already know that “fragrance” is not just one ingredient.   Rather, it is a blend of multiple ingredients that manufacturers may choose not to disclose because US law does not require they do so. 

However, the International Fragrance Association published a list of 3,999 ingredients used to create fragrances (source).  Among those ingredients, there are chemicals associated not only with allergic reactions but also with endocrine disruption and even cancer.

Thus, the European Union Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety states that fragrance mixes may cause allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, and airborne contact dermatitis.  In addition, they may cause photosensitivity, immediate contact reactions (contact urticaria), and pigmented contact dermatitis.

The reason there are so many ingredients in fragrances is that besides the scent-releasing chemicals, there are also supporting ingredients.  Thus, they include antioxidants, preservatives, diluents, solvents, fixatives, and colors (source and source).

In fact, the EWG Skin Deep database rates fragrance at 8 out of 10 (with 10 as most toxic) and expresses a concern about its immunotoxicity. 

Hence, in my opinion, non-toxic dishwashing soap must not have fragrance on its list of ingredients. 

Another ingredient that should not be present among the non-toxic dish soap ingredients is colorants.

Colorants in dish soap

What is wrong with colorants? 

First, they may contain residues of heavy metals.  To clarify, color additives are derived from petroleum or minerals, both of which come from the Earth’s crust (source).  Because of industrial pollution, heavy metals are in water, soil, and air, and thus are a natural part of the Earth’s crust (source).  As a result, there may be trace amounts of heavy metals in colorants used in dish soap. 

Second, they may contain residues of petroleum-based carcinogenic contaminants.  These include PAHs and benzo[a]pyrene rated by the Skin Deep database at 6-9 and 9 respectively.  According to the European Chemicals Agency, benzo[a]pyrene may cause genetic defects and cancer, and may damage fertility and the unborn child.  Moreover, it is very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects and may cause an allergic skin reaction.

To learn more about the colorant concerns, especially in cosmetic products, please read my post Heavy Metals in Makeup

So, let me ask you a question: how vital is color for dishwashing soap? Well, I do not think it is necessary at all.  That is why you will not find dish soap with colorants among non-toxic dishwashing soap options. 

Additionally, I believe non-toxic dish soap should not contain ethoxylated ingredients.

Ethoxylated ingredients in dishwashing liquids

To begin with, you can spot ethoxylated ingredients if you see the following in the names of ingredients:

  • PEG (e.g. PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil)
  • Polysorbate (e.g. Polysorbate-80)
  • Something followed by “eth” (e.g. Laureth-7)

In short, these ingredients are created by ethoxylation which involves the reaction of carcinogenic ethylene oxide with other ingredients to make them less harsh on the skin.  A by-product of this reaction is carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane.  If not properly removed, it can stay in the end product as a contaminant, even if it is not listed as an “ingredient.” 

Additionally, United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) studies show that 1,4-dioxane can penetrate human skin.  Even though it is possible to reduce or even remove it from a product through the vacuum-stripping process, we cannot know for sure if it has been done correctly.  We could, of course, test each batch, but I do not think it is something feasible for us as consumers to do.  Consequently, if we use dishwashing soap with ethoxylated ingredients, they may have residues of this contaminant. 

Of course, that does not mean that you will get cancer from using dishwashing liquids with ethoxylated ingredients.  However, I refuse to buy products with them because I do not believe carcinogenic substances should be produced in the first place.

Therefore, non-toxic dishwashing soap must not contain ethoxylated ingredients.  Lastly, to meet my standards, a non-toxic dish soap must have no harsh preservatives.

Harsh preservatives in dishwashing liquid

Along with benzisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, and methylchloroisothiazolinone, harsh preservatives include formaldehyde-releasing preservatives.


According to the European Chemicals Agency database (ECHA), benzisothiazolinone causes serious eye damage and skin irritation, may cause an allergic skin reaction, and is very toxic to aquatic life.

In addition, the Skin Deep database used to rate it 6-7, but now it rates it 3-6 (that is why I prefer to use ECHA as my primary source, which, by the way, Skin Deep uses as a source, too).

Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone

The following facts tell us that these preservatives are not for non-toxic dishwashing soap.  Indeed, non-toxic dish soap should not raise so many concerns.

First, per the European Chemicals Agency database, methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) is fatal if swallowed, inhaled, or if it comes in contact with the skin.  Besides, it may cause an allergic skin reaction and respiratory irritation.  Additionally, it causes severe skin burns and eye damage and is very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.

Second, the ECHA states that methylisothiazolinone (MI) is fatal if inhaled, and is toxic if swallowed or if it comes in contact with the skin.  Also, it causes severe skin burns and eye damage, may cause an allergic skin reaction, and is very toxic to aquatic life.

Further, both MCI and MI have been associated with contact allergy.  Thus, MI was named by the American Contact Dermatitis Society the Contact Allergen of the Year for 2013.  Also, lab studies on the brain cells of mammals suggest that MI may be neurotoxic.  For instance, the Skin Deep database used to rate MCI 7 out of 10, and now it rates it 2-5 depending on usage.  As for MI, the Skin Deep database rates it at 4-7 out of 10. 

Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives  

These substances cannot be among the ingredients of non-toxic dishwashing soap because they release small amounts of formaldehyde into a product over time.  In other words, the hazards caused by formaldehyde go against the very purpose of non-toxic dish soap.

To clarify, the ECHA describes formaldehyde as toxic if swallowed, inhaled, or if it comes in contact with the skin.  Moreover, it causes severe skin burns and eye damage and may cause an allergic skin reaction.  Above all, it may cause cancer and is suspected of causing genetic defects.  Additionally, the Environmental Working Group has given it the highest (i.e. worst) score for its negative health impact.  

Both formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are associated with widespread allergic contact dermatitis.  Therefore, the American Society of Contact Dermatitis lists formaldehyde as one of the core allergens, even in concentrations as low as 1%.  In fact, an allergic reaction can happen to formaldehyde or to the preservative itself.  For example, the following substances may be formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:

  • Methenamine
  • Quaternium-15
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Sodium Hydroxylmethylglycinate
  • 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol

To sum up, fragrance, colorants, ethoxylated ingredients, benzisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are characteristics of the worst dishwashing liquid.

What are the worst dishwashing liquids?

In your search for non-toxic dishwashing soap, eliminate the following:

  • Dawn Ultra – Original Scent
  • Palmolive Ultra – Coconut Water and Jasmine
  • Ajax Ultra Triple Action Orange Liquid Dish Soap
  • Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap

So, why are these products unworthy of consideration for non-toxic dish soap list in my opinion?  Well, let us look at the table.

Dawn Ultra – Original Scent

– Fragrance
– Colorants
– Methylisothiazolinone
– Ethoxylated ingredients (Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEI-14 PEG-24/PPG-16 Copolymer)

Palmolive Ultra – Coconut Water and Jasmine

– Benzisothiazolinone
– Methylisothiazolinone
– Methylchloroisothiazolinone
– Fragrance
– Colorants
– Ethoxylated ingredients (Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Isodeceth-6)          

Ajax Ultra Triple Action Orange Liquid Dish Soap

– Fragrance
– Methylisothiazolinone
– Benziosothiazolinone
– Colorants/Dyes
– Ethoxylated ingredient (Ammonium C12-15 Pareth Sulfate)

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap

– Fragrance
– Methylisothiazolinone
– Benzisothiazolinone
– Ethoxylated ingredient (Polysorbate 20)

In case you would like to know more about Mrs. Meyer’s, head over to my post about Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products.

The bad dishwashing soaps

This group of liquid dishwashing soaps includes products that are slightly better than those in the worst category.  Specifically, there are no colorants, fragrance, ethoxylated ingredients, or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. 

The following are the characteristics of the “bad” category:

  • Benzisothiazolinone
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • No preservatives

What does it mean when a product has no preservatives?

To begin, it is not a good sign if a dish soap contains water but has no preservatives.  It may seem like the absence of preservatives makes this product a non-toxic dishwashing soap, but I do not believe it does.  Indeed, without preservatives, there is a risk of bacterial contamination, which is a pretty serious matter.  Even though they are invisible, bacteria can do harm to people with weak or developing immune systems.  (Please, read my overview of scientific studies on bacteria in the WaterWipes Baby Wipes post.)  Therefore, non-toxic dish soap must have some kind of a preservation system.  

Then, if there are no preservatives listed among the ingredients of a product containing water, it is a good idea to call the manufacturer and ask how they prevent bacteria and mold growth in their products.  The answer to this question will determine which category the product belongs to.  

What are the bad dishwashing liquids?

The following products belong in this category:

  • Eco-Me Dish Soap
  • Ecover Zero Dish Soap
  • Method Free+Clear Dish Soap
  • Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid
  • Attitude Baby Bottle & Dishwashing Liquid

Eco-Me Dish Soap

Potassium Sorbate preservative is effective for mold but not so much for various bacteria

Better Life Dish Soap

No preservative

Ecover Zero Dish Soap



Method Free+Clear Dish Soap



Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid

Benzisothiazolinone Methylisothiazolinone

Attitude Baby Bottle & Dishwashing Liquid

No preservatives

To clarify, I have contacted the Eco-Me, Better Life, and Attitude companies with the question about preservatives in their products.  However, I have not received any convincing answers regarding a preservation system in their dishwashing liquids.  I am a safe product formulation consultant, so I rely on my professional expertise to evaluate their answers.  Therefore, until I get their feedback, I cannot put these products in the non-toxic dishwashing soap category.

As for Ecover Zero Dish Soap, the label on the bottle does not have a full list of ingredients, but the website does.  And this is how I know that they use methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone for preservation.

Last, if you would like to know more about Method, please read my review of Method cleaning products

The better options of non-toxic dishwashing soap

The options of non-toxic dish soap in this category have NO:

  • Fragrance
  • Colorants
  • Benzisothiazolinone
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

BUT they have phenoxyethanol.

So, on the one hand, all the harsh chemicals are out.  But on the other hand, there is phenoxyethanol that prevents these products from being the best dishwashing soap options.

Phenoxyethanol in non-toxic dish soap

Generally, phenoxyethanol as a preservative is common for skin care products, mascaras, foundations shampoos, and liquid washes.  Thus, in my opinion, it is a “middle of the road” preservative, which means it is not the worst one. 

However, because nowadays there are many products with more natural preservatives, I try to avoid it.  Though it is definitely a safer option compared to the chemicals we talked about above, there are some factors that keep me from calling it completely safe.  You can read more about it in my post about the use of phenoxyethanol in skin care

What is a better option of non-toxic dishwashing soap?

The dishwashing soap that belongs in this category is ECOS Dishmate Dish Liquid – Free & Clear.

As a matter of fact, ECOS used to have methylisothiazolinone and phenoxyethanol preservatives.  But after the reformulation, methylisothiazolinone was gone, and phenoxyethanol remained.  You can read more about ECOS dishwashing liquid in my review post about it.

I recommend the unscented version because the scented ones have “natural fragrance” as an ingredient.  In fact, the word “natural” has no legal definition in the US.  In other words, what you may think of as “natural,” might not mean the same thing for a manufacturer.   (For example, crude oil is “natural,” too.)

Basically, we do not know for sure what those “natural” ingredients in the fragrance are.  And it gets more complicated when the company won’t disclose these ingredients, referring to them as a “proprietary mixture.”  Please, check out my post about natural fragrance to learn more.

The best non-toxic dish soap

From my point of view, the best dishwashing soap has the following features:

  • Soap-based or made with the safest surfactants/detergents
  • Food-grade preservatives or plant-based preservatives

When your dishwashing product is “soap-based,” it means it is not detergent-based.  That is to say, soap is a result of a one-step process – the reaction between an alkali and a plant oil.  Therefore, the soap-based dish washes are safe and normally do not need preservatives.  But it should be noted that they might not work well with hard water.

What are the best options of non-toxic dishwashing soap?

So, the non-toxic dish soap options in the “best” category are as follows:

  • Branch Basics Concentrate
  • Fit Organic Dish & Hand Soap
  • Meliora Dishwashing Soap Bar
  • Honest Dish Soap – Free & Clear
  • MADE OF Organic Foaming Dish Soap
  • Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap – Unscented
Branch Basics Concentrate uses glucoside surfactants that I review in my Are Glucosides Safe? post. Water, Coco Glucoside, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Phytate.

Fit Organic Dish & Hand Soap


Denatured Alcohol*, Berry Saponins*, Sunflower Oil*, Glycerin*, Potassium Hydroxide. *Organic

Meliora Dishwashing Soap Bar

Soap-based, no plastic!
Vegetable Soap [Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Sunflowerate, Glycerin, Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*]. *Organic

Honest Dish Soap – Free & Clear

Please read about its surfactant in my Is Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine Safe? post.
Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Chloride, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Laurate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid.
MADE OF Organic Foaming Dish Soap

Soap-based.  The scented versions are scented with organic essential oils.

Water, Glycerin*, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)*, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut)*, Helianthus Annuus Oil (Sunflower)*, Ricinus Communis Oil (Castor)*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Potassium Hydroxide. *Organic

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap – Unscented

Soap-based.  I recommend the unscented one or the one that is scented without natural fragrance.
Water, Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Palm Kernel Oil*, Olive Oil*, Hemp Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Citric Acid, Tocopherol. *Organic **None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.

Conclusion about non-toxic dish soap

To sum up, in my opinion, the best non-toxic dishwashing soap is the kind that has no harsh chemicals and is safe for you and the planet.  Furthermore, it would be great if the liquid container were made of glass rather than plastic.  When I think about plastic polluting our planet, I look for ways to avoid it.  Thus, we have been using this bar soap for washing hands and our bodies for many years now because it is totally plastic-free.  Even when plastic is recycled, the factories pollute the air and water with waste and fumes. 

In addition, I use Branch Basics Concentrate for cleaning purposes around the house and truly like the fact that it is concentrated.  When I dilute it according to the instructions, I get multiple safe cleaners for various purposes.  It ends up being very economical!  And the best part is, Branch Basics offers glass spray bottles – instead of plastic ones – to keep your diluted concentrate solutions!  Consider reading my comprehensive Branch Basics Safe Cleaning Products Review to learn how to use their products and get a discount code.

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71 thoughts on “Non-Toxic Dishwashing Soap Guide”

  1. Hi Irina
    Thanks as always for another useful post! I wonder if you could list out some ingredients that you *do not* like, so we can check on the products we use? Is sodium laureth sulfate something to avoid?

    I’ve been using Ecover (aqua, sodium laureth sulfate, lauryl glucoside, lactic acid, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, fragrance, limonene, hydrolyzed wheat protein, citral, aloe barbadensis leaf juice) and just recently tried the Costo/Kirkland brand of “environmentally responsible premium liquid dish soap” which has a bunch of nice labels on it stating tough on grease, biodegradable, naturally derived & recognized for safer chemistry. I recognize this is marketing and not regulated 🙂 – it contains sodium lauryl sulfate, water, lauramine oxide, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium xylenesulfonate, alcohol denat., fragrance, benzisothiazolinone (proprietary), methylchloroisothiazolinone (proprietary), methylisothiazolinone (proprietary), citric acid.

    typing out all these crazy names, I suspect I know what you are going to say… I’m especially curious on your opinion of Ecover as I have been *thinking* I’m using a safe brand all this time and wonder if I really am!


    1. Hi Joy,

      Ecover was tested by the Organic Consumers Association and they found that it is contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. The test was done in 2009 but I have not heard of any changes to the formulation. Here is the link to the test results Sodium Laureth Sulfate is pretty bad one. You can read about it here. I do have a list of ingredients I recommend staying away from. You can see it here. And the Costco “soap” does not look good: fragrance, benzisothiazolinone (proprietary), methylchloroisothiazolinone (proprietary), sodium laureate sulfate are immediate concerns. Have you seen my post about ECOS dishwashing liquid?

      1. Thank you!! Not only are you super-informed, you are very speedy in your response tonight! 🙂 I will give ECOS or one of your other suggestions a try. Appreciate the links to your older articles – I had seen them a while ago but it’s always good to be reminded of the resources on your site.

  2. Hi, one more post — thought I’d share some add’l pricing info from Amazon since these are relatively pricey soaps.

    The Eco-Me soap is available on Amazon at a slightly better price if you buy a 6-pack: $39 plus free shipping.

    And the Better Life soap is available with Amazon’s subscribe and save – bringing it to $4.55/bottle if you purchase enough items to qualify for 20% off.

  3. Oh man! I’ve used Ecover for YEARS also. What a disappointment. I dread trying to clean dishes with these toxic free versions…. but I’d rather not be putting carcinogens in my children’s food. Boo! (Thanks Irina!)

  4. All Natural Katie

    I have been using Tropical Traditions Dish Liquid after trying several brands that were available at the store. This Dish Liquid works very well. I do wish that the website would disclose the actual surfactants and emulsifiers used, though Tropical Traditions is one of the purest brands I have found.

      1. All Natural Katie

        The ingredients are not disclosed on the container label. I have contacted the company to get the detailed ingredients list.

      1. Unfortunately Ava Anderson has been called out as greenwashers due to their labels listing ingredients that are not there and due to the fact that they were using SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE in their products!!!! I’ll never buy from them again and no one should.

  5. I can’t wait to try one or some of these out! Thanks Irina! One item to note for anyone buying the rubber gloves – the small are SMALL! I have what I consider to be normal-sized hands, and I couldn’t get the small on. I’ve bought small in other brands and didn’t have an issue, so just something I wanted to mention! So if you have small hands and always feel other gloves are too big on you, you will likely love these. They fit my mom fine so I’ll just grab a larger pair for myself. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Kira! I have to say I love using coconut bar soap for doing dishes. I hope you will get to try it!

  6. Thank you again for your amazing research. I can’t remember the source but my mom found that Honest Company’s dish soap was rated pretty good Like a “B”, “A” being the highest. I haven’t read their ingredients or bought it just yet. I’ll have to check EWG’s rating….
    Also, DO NOT wash your cast iron pans. they are to be wiped out with towel or scrubbed with a brush with no soap on it. You can sometimes rinse them but NEVER use soap on them. Not only will it rust them and ruin them but you ruin the natural “seasoning’ They also need to be seasoned, or oiled if you will, every so often.

    1. Hi, Teresa! It is rated C. You can see here. Yes – you are right about cast iron pans. Although the manufacturer’s instructions say that mild soap can be used. Thank you for leaving the note! It is good to hear from you.

  7. Thanks! Ok so it WAS Ewg that she saw it on. It was a long time ago like a year or more ago. Either they changed the formula and then got a lower rating or it was the dishwasher soap. Bummer!

    1. Yes. I mentioned one dishwasher soap in this post, which is Automatic Magic. I will be publishing a list of dishwasher soaps soon.

  8. I see where there was a recommendation for a natural rubber glove at one time, but I have been unable to find a link or see where a brand was mentioned. Could you tell me what natural rubber gloves you recommend? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi, Maria: Mama Suds ingredients are safe but I have not tried it. If you try it, let us whether it works. ~Irina

  9. Hi Irina,
    Thank you for your quick reply! I will be buying the Mama Suds dishwasher detergent and liquid Castile soap to use as hand washing soap in my bathroom. I will definitely share my opinion on both these items as soon as I get a good sense of their effectiveness.
    Thank you for all your great work! It’s very comforting to find some of the products that it has taken me hours upon hours of research to find as recommended on your blog! It gives me a greater piece of mind!

  10. I am just loving your blog. Thank you for all your time and effort that you put in to provide us with all this information. I do not live in the States and a lot of these we do not get here so I rely on a LOT of online shopping at the moment like iHerb etc. I came across the brand Attitude and the dish wash soap rated A on EWG but not all the ingredients are super safe. What do you think of the brand and are there any other brands that you would recommend I check out as this is really important to me to go more Green and Natural? Thanks so much Irina. xxx

  11. I was doing much research and came across Attitude Little Ones Baby Bottle & Dishwashing Liquid Fragrance Free, whose ingredients are: aqua, coco-glucoside, myristyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside, sodium chloride, sodium gluconate, sodium citrate.
    Does that look safe? I am trying to find a safe, non-toxic dish soap for the baby’s dishes as well as ours.

    1. Hi, Cynthia: That looks good except that I do not see any preservatives listed. You might want to email them and ask what broad spectrum preservatives they use. Thanks. ~Irina

  12. Hi Irina,
    Thank you so much your wonderful article. I would like to buy coconut oil soap with extra virgin coconut oil to clean my baby’s dishes. Can you please let me know whether it is listed EWG database and it has any other certification for its 100% natural ingredients. Is the performance great on cleaning dishes. Thank you.

  13. Hi Irina,

    Thanks for the work you do on your blog. Are you familiar with Fit Organic dishwasher gel (free and clear)? Ingredients are Water, Organic Alcohol, Organic Glycerin, Organic Guar Gum, Natural Mineral (Potassium Hydroxide), Organic Berry Saponins, Organic Sunflower Oil. Says certified under Oregon Tilth. I have not tried it yet, but am hoping it works.

    1. I have not tried Fit Organic dishwasher gel. The ingredients are certainly clean. Please let me know how you like it. Thank you! ~Irina

  14. I tried it last night and used vinegar as my rinse (as I normally do) and they came out perfect. Very clean and the glasses were sparkling. My rinse dispenser only holds enough for each load, so I don’t have to worry about the vinegar eating away at the seals, rubber, etc. I’m really pleased. Some of the others were not available in most of the stores here, but Fit was. I’ll try their laundry detergent and their dish soap as well. I should add that I do rinse my dishes well before they go into the dishwasher and we do not have hard water.

  15. The name of your web “I read labels for you” is genius! Thank you for reading labels for us! :)) sometimes we are too busy to make health conscious choices. It’s very helpful to refer to a source where someone has done the job for you.

  16. Ahhhhh, FINALLY! I have needed to see your recommendations for dish soaps 🙂 My husband tries to get what he thinks is decent but it is all so confusing for him and he just doesn’t get it! We love Honest products for the most part but their dish soap is so difficult to find! I am liking the fact that MADE of brand seems to be at the top of many of your lists lately. Thanks so much for your hard work!

    1. Hi! If they can assure you that their fragrances are made of 100% essential oils and nothing else and you trust them, then the essential oil fragrances are fine. Does it make sense? ~Irina

  17. Hi, I contacted attitude too after seeing this post. They told me they use green tea extract as preservatives. So then I obviously googled “green tea extract as preservative” and it seems it can be used as preservative. Curious to hear your thoughts and if this is what you were told as well?

    1. Thank you for doing the research, Christine. I believe green tea extract is used in food as a preservative. As for personal care products, it is a great antioxidant but in my consulting practice to formulators, I have not seen it to be used as an antimicrobial preservative. And if it is used as an antimicrobial preservative, just like GSE it probably gets its potency from the other ingredients in it. It is so frustrating because otherwise, this brand could be a good option. ~Irina

      1. So if it can behave like GSE, could it have the same potential negatives as GSE (I believe it was the 1-4 dioxane contamination?)

        What do you think about Attitude laundry detergents then (specifically the baby ones)? I think they have similar ingredients?

  18. Thank you for this article- I am so frustrated by my search for dish soap. I was hoping to buy the Honest Company Free and Clear but it looks like they only have a grapefruit scented one. Do you know anything about this one?

  19. Thank you for researching, writing this article on non-toxic dishwashing soaps, and sharing it with the world. You saved me a lot of research time. Many thanks.

  20. You have Better Life Dish Soap listed under the bad, since you hadn’t received a response on the preservative. In the table it states “No preservative,” does this mean you received a response and that’s the update? I.e. is the soap still classified as bad? Thank you for your time and all you do!

    1. I have not received any response from them but I see that they now disclose preservatives so I will modify the post Given the preservatives they use, the product will remain in the bad category. ~Irina

  21. Is there any update on Better Life dish soap, whether it can be categorized as best stuff or is it still bad stuff? Thank you for all you do!

    1. Thank you for asking, Ty. They started disclosing preservatives now. And the preservatives are Methylisothiazolinone and Chloromethylisothiazolinone, not good ones. But at least now we know. ~Irina

      1. Thank you for the update Irina. That is unfortunate, but nice to have the clarification. I’ve ordered some Made Of dish soap and am looking forward to using it when it arrives. Tough to come by at the moment as it’s out of stock almost everywhere I looked. I reached out to them and they hope to have new stock by the end of the year.

  22. Speaking of the Made Of soap, do you recommend all of them, even the scented or just unscented (like you recommended for Dr. Bronner’s)?

    1. Hi, Ty! Generally, we recommend unscented soap when it comes to babies and kids. In other instances, if the scent comes from essential oils, it is a matter of personal tolerance and preference. Hope this helps!

  23. Hi Irina,

    Have you looked at Puracy dish liquid? I’m in search of safe dish soap and dish detergent but not having luck.

  24. I didn’t see a post on dishwasher detergents. Do you have any recommendations? I was curious about the Puracy dishwasher pods.

    1. hi, Sarah: I do not have that information on my free blog, it is on my paid website called Savvy Consumer Circle. ~Irina

  25. Hi Irina,

    Have you checked Puracy dish soap? I heard many crunchy bloggers suggest it. Here are the ingredients:
    Organic Lemongrass
    Purified water (Aqua, eau), Lauryl/myristyl glucoside (Coconut-based cleanser), Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine (Coconut-based cleanser), Sodium lauroamphoacetate (Coconut-based cleanser), Lauramine oxide (Coconut-based cleanser), Sodium chloride (Natural salt), Vegetable glycerin (Plant-based skin softener), Benzisothiazolinone (Biodegradable preservative), Tetrasodium glutamate diacetate (Plant-based cleanser), Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (Coconut oil-based cleanser), Lemongrass essential oil (Organic), Natural fragrance, Citric acid (Plant-based pH neutralizer), Sodium citrate (Plant-based pH neutralizer), Himalayan pink sea salt, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice

    1. Yes, I know, many bloggers promote their products who do not do their due diligence research. Benzisothiazolinone is problematic here. ~Irina

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