It’s time to find an alternative to the toxic dish soaps we all use to clean our dishes. I decided to try the Young Living Thieves Dish Soap as an alternative, and here are my opinions!
This is what I tell myself every time I think about all of the things I want to change in our house in order to protect my children and keep my family healthy. It seems like everyday there’s a new article about how toxic and dangerous our environment is and it makes me want to cry.
So I take a deep breath, give it to God, and make baby steps to get to where I want to be.
Dish soap has long been on my list of things to change. I’ve dabbled in DIYing our own, but we’ve never found a recipe that was even decent at cutting through the grease on the thousands of dishes I create each day. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but we do go through a lot of dishes. That’s the nature of being a real food family.
The thing about dish soap is you rinse it off the dishes, so you would hope it wouldn’t leave a residue on the plates. But there is the fact that your hands and arms are covered in it as you scrub and rinse. You know your skin is absorbing those chemicals.
And there are a lot of toxic chemicals.
If you flip your bottle of dish soap over and look at the ingredients, you will see a lot of ingredients. Many of those ingredients are known for causing problems with the nervous system, respiratory system, and even the reproductive system. The brands that tout themselves as being cleaner and more natural still have poor grades on the Think Dirty app and at the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
Finally, last month, I purchased a bottle of the Young Living Thieves Dish Soap. We’ve been using it for a month now, and I thought I would share an honest view of my thoughts on this soap.
Young Living Thieves Dish Soap
I’ll start with the Pros:
- The ingredients. The soap contains water, Decyl glucoside, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, lauryl glucoside, Sodium oleate, Caprylyl glucoside, Sodium sesquicarbonate, Citrus limon (Jade Lemon) peel oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free), Syzygium aromaticum (Clove) bud oil, Citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) bark oil, Eualyptus radiata oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil. That’s 13 ingredients – 7 of them being essential oils. The other 6 ingredients are all plant based. I also looked up each ingredient separately, and they all scored a 1 (the best possible score) for toxicity at EWG.org. Sodium oleate is the only ingredient that scored otherwise, and that ingredient scored a 2. This product is so much safer than any of the store brands or natural brands I have found.
- It smells amazing!
- It actually cleans. After using it for a month, my husband agrees that he can’t tell a huge difference between the Young Living Thieves dish soap and the popular store brand dish soap we had been using before.
- It is very concentrated so you only need a tiny amount to get the job done.
Cons (or I should say PERCEIVED cons):
- It costs $13.75 if you have a wholesale account, and $18.09 with a retail account. That’s a hard pill to swallow when you are used to getting your dish soap for mere cents with your coupons and sales. To us it’s worth it not to be cleaning the plates we eat off of with dangerous chemicals, but it is more expensive than what we are used to paying.
- The bottle is small. You get it and think “Well this won’t last very long.” I’m actually surprised with how long our little bottle is lasting us. We’ve used it every day, three meals a day, for a month and are only about 1/3 of the way through the bottle.
- The soap suds don’t stay. This is a mental block for a lot of people. We are used to filling our sink with lots of suds and having them stay bubbly for the whole dishwashing experience. This soap doesn’t do that. It bubbles at first, but then the bubbles pop and you subconsciously think it is no longer cleaning – but it is! It just doesn’t contain a bunch of extra ingredients to make the soap bubbles last for ever.
All in all I think we will be sticking with this dish soap. I love knowing we have kicked one more toxic habit to the curb. I love the smell. And I love knowing our plates won’t have those trace chemicals on them from the store-bought dish soaps. I also get up to 25% of the cost back in rewards points which helps me earn free products.
If you want to try some of Young Living’s Thieves Dish Soap, you can sign up for a retail or wholesale membership here. Also pop on over and join my essential oils Facebook group. It’s a closed group, but I promise to approve you as long as you are a real human and don’t try to sell me Raybans! 😉