Is it Really All Natural? or even ANY Natural?

“I found a recipe for a great organic weed killer.”

“I make my own natural flea treatment for my dog.”

These are just two comments we have heard recently by people who stopped by our booth at local farmer’s markets….and they aren’t the only two!  It happens quite regularly.  We love natural products  and we ALWAYS love to learn tricks, tips, and hints we can share. Therefore, our natural first question is “what’s in it?” We have noticed that they all have one thing in common.  Any guesses (banging desk in a very bad drumroll)?

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

We try not to roll our eyes. We attempt a little education. Because it’s a huge pet peeve of mine to hear people throw around all these organic or all natural recipes for flea control, weed killer, kitchen cleaner, stain remover, etc that include Dawn, because there is nothing organic or all natural about it.  Tweet this.

The Truth about Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

First, look at the color.  There is nothing in nature (that I can think of) that is that neon blue color (aside from maybe some tropical fish in the Caribbean – I said maybe). There is some chemical additive that makes it that distinct color that everyone associates with Dawn.  And they don’t have to disclose what it is because it’s proprietary information.  So, by law, they don’t have to tell us.

And second, how about those ingredients?  They aren’t listed on the bottle which would make it easy for us to read them.  A quick internet search gives us these as the main ingredients –  The full list is quite long, and you can find it here - but here are a few of the “natural” things in Dawn:

  • alkyl dimethyl amine oxide – a synthetically manufactured surfactant that allows the detergent to remove grease. Because oil and water do not mix something needs to be included in the ingredients that bridges that gap between the oil and water and get rid of the grease.
  • sodium lauryl sulfate – another chemically manufactured ingredient that removes grease, scientists are concerned that continued skin contact can cause liver, lungs and brain damage.
  • potassium carbonate – a buffering agent that controls the pH of the liquid.  It has no real known hazards except it can irritate your skin.
  • fragrance and color – an unknown group of chemicals that gives Dawn it’s distinct color and odor

And don’t be fooled by those who call it soap.  

It can’t be called soap, because technically, it isn’t.  You’ll notice on the bottle that it says “dishwashing liquid”.  Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is not soap.  And because it’s not soap, chemicals need to be added to make it act like soap. Tweet: Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is not soap, because it's not soap, chemicals are  added to make it act like soap. #beNatural tweet this

When we question people about this “organic” weed killer the response we get is “Well, it’s all over Facebook”  Because you know, they couldn’t say it on the internet if it wasn’t true!

Now, don’t get me wrong,  I use Dawn.  It works great on my dishes, and mixed half and half with hydrogen peroxide makes a great stain remover for clothes.  However, I’m under no illusion that it is organic or all natural.  No matter what people say on Facebook!

Glynne’s Soaps is committed to providing all natural products for people and their pets.  Truly all natural products – with the ingredient list to prove it.

And if you are looking for all natural flea treatment, put down the blue bottle and look here.





About Jenn, the Glynne's Soaps Soapmaker

Jenn has a Master's Degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After the tragedy of pesticides struck her dog, Jenn left her job of several years in Research and Development for a pharmaceutical company, to start Glynne's Soaps.
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