Healthy Cleaning on a Budget…Part 3

Here it is, part 3 on Healthy Cleaning on a Budget.  Be sure to check out Part 1  on an All-Purpose cleaner that is very inexpensive, safe, natural, and words, and Part 2  on an exceptional Laundry detergent that is also Natural, Safe, Effective, and Budget-friendly.

Today we are looking at the DISHES!  Now–this was the last switch I made.  I actually made my switch to Shaklee’s Get Clean Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate 10 months after I switched all other cleaners!  You are probably thinking what I did before I made the last switch.  Why do I need a natural cleaner for my dishwasher?  I keep my dish detergent out of reach.  My kids do not get to it.  Natural cleaners cannot be better than Cascade!  Simply put….there’s NO NEED for an all-natural, toxic free dish detergent.  Right?

WRONG!  According to mamashealth.com, “The  #1 cause of household poisoning is dish detergent. Dishwashing liquids are labeled ‘harmful  if swallowed.’ Each time you wash your dishes, some residue is left on them,  which accumulates with each washing. Your food picks up part of the residue — especially if your meal is hot when you eat it.”  I could leave you a ton of great articles and reviews on the dangers of dish washing detergents.  You can see here, here, or here.  Should I list some more?

But that is not what changed my mind.  What did it for me?  My sweet and smart little man.  While we sat in the kitchen floor fixing Zachary’s toy, Dalton found the Cascade PODS.  At only 12 months old, he knew how to move the lock on the dishwasher, pull it down, and play!  Why is this a bad thing?  Well, the dishwasher is ready to go, which means the POD was ready to go in the dishwasher!  He got a good bite in his mouth–liquid and powder.  This was my second time calling Poison Control.  He threw up three times within five minutes and I was worried!  I was told to give him water or milk constantly for the next couple of hours.  He was still breastfeeding so this was easy for him.  Just offer to nurse and he was good!  (Did you know poison control will call you back every so often to check on your child when you call?)

After that….I made the SWITCH!

Well, now you know why I switched and to be honest costs was not even a concern at this point.  However, I have since learned that Shaklee’s dish cleaners are very budget friendly.

Cascade Complete                         Shaklee Dish Washer Automatic
75 oz                                                  32 oz.
On sale with coupons $5.50              $9.50 (membership price)
Fill both dispensers (~1.5 oz each)    1-2 tsps. per dispenser**
Approximately (25 load)                   Approximately 48-96 loads**
$0.22/load                                        $0.10-$0.19/load

**Depends on water, I use only 1 tsp. per load; therefore, getting about 96 loads a package.  If you have hard water, you may need to use more.  This would hold true for Cascade as well.  As a family of 6, we purchase our Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate once every three months.  We use the dishwasher once a day.

If the costs does not seem that important, what about the ratings of Cascade?  All Cascade Dishwasher Detergents receive a D or F rating.  EWG ranks the Cascade Powder Detergent an F overall because “Regulatory violation; May contain ingredients with potential for cancer; acute aquatic toxicity; chronic aquatic toxicity”

We can see that Shaklee is SAFER and budget-friendly.  What about other GREEN products?   I never couponed with Seventh Generation, but a quick breakdown since it is comparable to Shaklee.
Seventh Generation Powder Free and Clear
45 oz.
$3.97
Fill both dispensers (1-1.5 oz each)
About 15-22 (depending on hard water)
$0.18-$0.26/load

Seventh Generation Powder Free and Clear actually received an A rating and is certified Green.  However, an A rating is the average.  There are a few ingredients in this product that are listed as potential harm- such as, PG-10-Laureth-7,which there is “Evidence of cancer; developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA.”  **Please note that the other Seventh Generation Dishwasher detergents received a D or F rating** 

The other comparable company would be The Honest Company.  The Honest Company’s Auto Dishwasher Gel, Free and Clear, also received an A rating but contains enzymes that have “concern for general systemic/organ effects; general ecotoxicity; biodegradation.”  The Honest Company’s rinse agent scores a C because there are many concerns for allergies, asthma, environmental factors, cancer and a few more.  Also, the pods do not score high due to these concerns as well.  **Please note that the Honest Company IS NOT certified a Green product.

The Honest Company’s Auto Dishwasher Gel
40 oz
$5.95
Fill one dispenser (1.5 oz)
about 26 loads
$0.22/load

I hope this cost breakdown helps you see how economical it is to use Shaklee’s Dish washer concentrate.  More importantly, I hope from some of the reviews and articles, you see how dangerous dishwasher detergents can be.  Fumes given off can affect your respiratory system, reproductive health, and much more.  Then there’s the residue left on the dishes after being cleaned that you ingest–your children ingest.  Be sure to take this into consideration when picking the right cleaning products!

As always–Shaklee’s Dish Washer Automatic is SAFE, EFFECTIVE, GREEN, and BUDGET-FRIENDLY!

Shaklee’s Dish Washer Automatic is phosphate-free, bleach free, and preservative free. It contains no hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acids, sodium hydroxide, nitrates, artificial colors, and much more!  And is in environmentally friendly packaging!  Be sure to check out The Shaklee Difference!
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