When I first joined Young Living, I was already well into the ditching and switching journey. I have a health issue that can be improved by ditching the toxins in my home, plus I have kids who I want to have strong, healthy hormones as they turn into tweens and teens, so ditching the hormone-disrupting chemicals in my home has been a big priority ever since I became a mama. Many of the ditch and switches were easy—spray cleaners, candles, hand soap, laundry soap— but when it came to dish soap it didn’t seem necessary. I actually didn’t even scan my dish soap for months because I was using a popular “green” brand with no scent and I just assumed it was safe.
Eventually it came time to flip that bottle of “natural" dish soap over and read the label. Much to my dismay, the second ingredient was Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Also known as SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, is a know skin irritant and environmental toxin. How is something like that allowed in a natural dish soap? The shock didn’t stop there. As I continued reading that ingredient list I found synthetic preservative methylisothiazolinone, a classified immune toxicant in Europe, BANNED or RESTRICTED in the European Union, Germany Canada, and Japan, classified as a human skin toxicant and allergen, and in vitro tests indicate neurotoxicity in mammalian cells—but there it was in my natural FREE AND CLEAR dish soap! I ditched my old dish soap that day and have been happily using Thieves Dish Soap ever since. Turns out, my dry, cracked hands weren’t from all the dishes I was doing after all—that skin issue completely went away after I made the switch to Thieves. Maybe that SLS is more of a skin irritant after all?
Why Thieves Dish Soap?
With truly naturally derived and plant-based ingredients, Thieves Dish Soap cuts grease and cleans with the power of pure essential oils, leaving dishes sparkling clean with no nasty residue. With no sulfates, phosphates, dyes, or perfumes, it’s gentle on your skin and won’t over-dry your hands. You won’t find any synthetics in this dish soap—every ingredient is naturally derived.
It’s simple ingredient list consists of surfactants derived from natural sources like glucose, palm trees, and coconuts, that act as cleansing and foaming agents. And, since they’re naturally derived, these surfactants are biodegradable and won’t irritate your skin. Naturally-derived minerals balance the pH in the formula, so there’s no need for preservatives. Add in some of our favorite therapeutic-grade essential oils like Jade Lemon, Bergamot, and Thieves to help scent and boost cleaning power and you've got the best, truly natural dish soap that actually works.
Tips for Making the Switch
When you switch to a natural dish soap without Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, you’re going to miss one thing, and one thing only—bubbles. Years of clever marketing has trained us that suds equals clean, when really it’s just chemicals (SLS) equals suds. No worries, though, you’ll still get a sink fill of bubbly suds with a squirt of Thieves Dish Soap, it just won’t be the super suds you’re used to. Just remember as you wash, your soap is still there with powerful essential oils getting your dishes fresh and clean without the harsh chemicals—your soft, non-irritated hands will thank you. Want more bubbles? This Thieves Dish Soap Hack will turn one bottle into three and give you added sudsing action, too!
Thieves Dish Soap Hack
When I switched to Thieves Dish Soap, I was concerned about how this product would fit into our family budget. Even though we have a dishwasher, we still do a lot of dishes by hand and the price was more than I was used to paying for dish soap. When I first got it, I hoarded that dish soap, using the smallest amount possible, and even made a DIY version and saved the Thieves Dish Soap for the greasy, heavy loads. Then, a friend shared this Thieves Dish Soap Hack with me and my wallet and conscience could rest easy. You can get three bottles of Thieves Dish Soap out of one with this easy hack. The bonus? I think the diluted version is even better and it lasts three times longer!
Thieves Dish Soap Hack
8 ounces distilled water
2 tsp. baking soda
1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
1/2 cup (4 oz.) Thieves Dish Soap
In your glass bottle, combine distilled water and baking soda and shake or stir well to combine. Add Thieves Household Cleaner and then carefully pour in your Thieves Dish Soap. Swirl or stir carefully to combine without making too many bubbles.
To use, dispense a small amount of soap with warm running water. Add additional soap as needed.