A dishwasher cleaner and detergents are important and necessary parts of our kitchen hygiene. You cannot avoid these products whether you dishes are washed manually or in a dishwasher.
We use detergents on our dishes, but it is important to know if they are working as well as they should be. It is important to consider the ingredients in these products if we haven't before and to learn about possible side effects that can be caused by using them. As people are becoming more aware of household health hazards, there are doubts about the toxicity in cleaners.
After dishes are washed by detergents, a few of them leave a residue behind on the surface of dishes that can be consumed the next time these dishes are used. Some detergents have disinfectants that can be harmful to skin or that can emit gases that are not good for the respiratory system and could cause allergies.
After use, detergents flow down the drain. They have to undergo chemical treatment in sewage plants before they are released into waterways. Most of the toxic chemicals are neutralized during this process and are harmless. A few chemicals may still remain and could cause environmental pollution.
We need to learn more about the effects of detergent by analyzing the ingredients that most commercial dishwasher detergents are made of like Chlorine, Phosphates, and petroleum-based ingredients.
Phosphates are used to soften water. They help detergents to clean better and are a great marketing tool. On the other hand, they can cause health problems and are not good for the environment at all. Phosphate residues on the surface of dishes can cause diarrhea, nausea, and skin irritations. Phosphates continue to be active after they are treated at a waste water facility. They enter waterways and encourage an overgrowth of algae to occur. This reduces the oxygen in water and can result in harming living organisms in water like fish.
Chlorine bleach is used in detergents because of its disinfecting properties. It is highly corrosive and can cause many health concerns like skin and respiratory conditions and even stomach problems. When combined with other types of cleaners, it will produce toxic fumes that are proven carcinogens and pollutants to the environment.
Petroleum based ingredients can cause problems for both the environment and people's health. They can have toxins that cause unnecessary health problems. During production petroleum based products also pollute the environment.
The residues that are left behind on dishes that are cleaned by detergents may not be noticeable at first. Over time, these toxins can get absorbed into people's system. This can happen more often when hot foods are eaten with them. These toxins can add up in the body and cause serious problems such as infertility, birth defects, and even cancer.
You can avoid these dangerous cleaners and use a safe dishwasher cleaner that is environmentally friendly. You can find products in the market that will work well and that are not health risks. It is not that easy to spot them though amongst products that can look deceiving. Follow these rules to find a safe product.
Watch out for products that are labeled as green, eco-friendly, or natural. Instead, look for labels that read Phosphate-free or no chlorine. You should also read the ingredients in these products to make sure that there are no bad chemicals in them. Stay away from products with petroleum and triclosan.
If you discover ingredients that have long and confusing names, contact the manufacturer with any questions. If you get a reliable answer, use the product. If you do not get a good answer, the product could be a fraud.
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