Detergent (SLS) is great for killing bugs, but I sure wouldn’t use it on my body!

dawn copyI do not use SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), chemicals, alcohol, parabens, titanium dioxide or any other such additives to any of our products.

Strangely enough, I do, keep a dribble of dish detergent in a little container under the sink in the soap kitchen for a particular reason… it kills aphids. Yep, it kills bugs. It is so powerful a bug killer that only about 3 to 5 drops are needed in a 16 ounce bottle full of water to do the trick. Here is a larger recipe for a garden, instead of the few plants I have outside the shop: Pour 2 tablespoons liquid dish soap into 1 gallon water. Spray the affected plant’s leaves on both sides with the soapy mixture.

If you want to kill weeds, use more detergent. Here is an excellent recipe: 1 gallon vinegar, 2 cups Epsom salt and 1/4 cup dish soap.

I use these recipes on flowers, but not on veggies because I eat those.

Dish detergent, or any detergent is really swell for killing bugs and weeds or washing your boat or car and it’s a great grease-cutter when washing dishes, but it is just too caustic for use on skin; the largest organ your body has.

You may want to consider using a Laundry Soap when washing your clothes instead of detergent, as it us another irritant and harmful chemical our bodies and earth can do without.

If you are using dish and  laundry detergent and even the ‘beauty bars’ that are on your retailer’s shelves, you are using SLS and various detergents on your skin and clothing. Be sure to read the labels on all your cleaning products as well as ‘soap’ bars. Most are not really soap, but detergent with skin drying ingredients.

More Than Just A Skin Irritant?

In addition to skin irritation, there are studies that point to residual levels of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in the brain, lungs, liver, and heart. These levels follow the use of SLS used externally on the scalp and skin, and in the mouth as an ingredient in toothpaste. There are some findings that link the ingredient to a hormone imbalance. Symptoms such as PMS and PMT and menopausal symptoms are tied to hormone levels. There has been a lower rate of male fertility reported in some cases, particularly in western countries however this is still unsubstantiated. Because SLS mimics Oestrogen, it’s possible that it may play a role in these types of health issues. The concern here is while it’s generally considered safe to use at 1%, over time the amount absorbed by the bloodstream can mean residual levels in your body are much higher.

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