NOTE: This is not a sponsored post, these are my opinions only from personal use as I wanted to share with others that may suffer skin irritations that there are products out there that are really gentle on our hands.
Hand washing dishes can really irritate my hands. They flare up with red, very itchy patches that take weeks to go away. It can be quite annoying especially at night time and for most of the time I have just lived with it or sought some relief from a steroid cream from the doctor.
I have always known that it was caused by washing dishes. The days I am at home I find myself washing up several times a day. While I know I could use gloves ( this just feels impractical to me, by the time I get the gloves on wash a few things, I’m just turning around taking them off again and on to something else, so my willingness to use them isn’t high). I have tried Barrier Creams and haven’t seen any great results, I’ve tried warm water not hot – no difference either. And finally I could resort to just using the dishwasher ONLY but again I really only use it if I am busy during the week or I just.cant.be.bothered with the dishes tonight option.
Photos of the beginning of my skin irritations after 2 weeks of changing back to Palmolive.
I have also tried numerous dish soaps. Blast, Earth Choice, Aldi brands, Morning Fresh, Palmolive Gentle Hands, and generic supermarket brands all leading to the same problem, RED.ITCHY.HANDS.
This is my personal experience with certain brands, I do realise that other people will have no problem with these brands as everyone has different skin conditions and resilience.
MORNING FRESH – Made my hands dry and itchy
BLAST & EARTH CHOICE – Weren’t to bad on my hands but I found with long time use they weren’t much better.
ALDI BRANDS – My hands were overly dry, cracked, and itchy all over.
GENERIC SUPERMARKET BRANDS – The worst choices I have ever made.
PALMOLIVE GENTLE HANDS – Gave me red raised itchy patches within days of using it.
So I was pretty much a scratching red handed mess most of the time, using creams to make the cracks sting less.
Then something happened I was sent a bottle of METHOD PUMP DISH SOAP to try NO request for a review was asked it was purely a “we thought you would like this”. I thought, gee that was nice, love the cool pump bottle and the smell is quite nice too. I used it for 2 months and then ran out of it 2 weeks ago. I went back to using up the leftover Palmolive Gentle Hands I had under the sink. AND THEN 2 days later my hands got red itchy patches.
LIGHT BULB MOMENT…….IT HIT ME for the past 2 months I did not once have red itchy hands, my nights weren’t consumed with scratching my hands after washing dishes and I hadn’t even given my dermatitis a thought. The reason was I was using METHOD dish soap a product I had never tried before and it did not irritate my hands.
Needless to say I contacted the lovely people at Method and asked what ingredients they used in their dish soap were different from other traditional dish soaps. They said that “other dish soaps used petro-based ingredients and Method does not. Our dish liquid is coconut and palm oil based which is gentle for most skin types.”
After doing some www searching I found the ingredient listing for the Palmolive dish soap and Method dish soap. Shown here.
|ingredient||what it is||health + environmental summary|
|purified water||solvent||non–toxic; safe in environment; widely available|
|sodium lauryl sulfate||surfactant (cleaning agent)||low skin irritation in use and not toxic; biodegrades readily; derived from coconut oil|
|alkyl polyglucoside||surfactant (cleaning agent)||very gentle on skin and not toxic to people; biodegrades readily; made from corn sugars and coconut oil|
|lauramine oxide||surfactant (cleaning agent)||not toxic in use, no chronic health effects; biodegrades readily; derived from coconut oil|
|alcohol||solvent (ethanol)||not toxic in use if ingested or in skin contact (1$ shooter night not incuded); biodegrades readily; produced from corn sugars|
|vegetable glycerin||solvent||non toxic in use and not irritating to skin; readily biodegradable; made from vegetable sources|
|citric acid||complexing agent||not toxic in use if ingested or in skin contact; biodegrades readily; produced from corn sugars|
|alcohol ethoxylate||fragrance emulsifier||low skin irritation and not toxic in use; biodegrades readily; made using synthetic materials|
|sodium chloride||salt||table salt – safe for people (unless too much is eaten on potato chips); widely available and safe in the environment|
|benzophenone-4||uv absorber||not toxic or irritating in use to skin or eyes; moderate biodegradability; made from synthetic materials|
|aloe barbadensis leaf juice||moisturizer||safe for people, moisturizing to skin; biodegrades readily; sourced from natural aloe plants|
|preservative||stop bacterial growth||safe for people (low skin + eye irritation); biodegrades readily; made from synthetic materials|
|tocopheryl acetate||vitamin e – antioxidant||not toxic in use, skin protecting effects; biodegrades readily; sourced as natural vitamin e|
|color (not in basil)||color||safe for people, free of heavy metals + allergens; effective at ultra-low levels; won’t accumulate in environment; made from synthetic materials|
|fragrance oil blend||fragrance||free of phthalates and other dirty ingredients, not irritating to skin or toxic in use; partial natural essential oil content, partially synthetic ingredients|
With a little more research into some of the ingredients listed on the Palmolive dish soap I found that some of the ingredients are nasty and do contribute to skin irritations. I am by no means a chemist to explain these compounds in great depth…so here is the link to read more. The one ingredient that did stand out from here was SD Alcohol 3A which Palmolive contains, it states on this page that it is considered potentially toxic and contributes to skin irritation and dermatitis. Which would explain why my hands are so irritated.
When I googled to see what was said about Method it confirmed what I had already been told and witnessed by using the product: “Method’s dish soaps contain cleaning agents derived from coconut oil and include aloe and vitamin E to soften skin, and natural scents like cucumber, grapefruit and lavender. Method’s formulas are non-toxic, biodegradable and not tested on animals. Method is rich and sudsy, has a fun slogan (“people against dirty”) and is slightly more expensive than traditional dish soaps. Method can be found at most large retailers.” (Source: http://www.ehow.com/list_5787099_non_toxic-cruelty_free-dish-soaps.html)
Here is also there rating on www.goodguide.com which looks at the products impact on our Health, Environment and Society. Method ranked 14 out of 242 Hand dishwashings and Palmolive ranked 159.
In conclusion from personal use and the information I have been provided and sourced for me personally I will be making the permanent switch to Method Dish Soap. Yes it is more expensive, however it lasts for about 2 months per bottle, my personal life is improved by it, I’m not spending extra money on creams, gloves etc… It works with my life instead of me having to make my life work with it….. and that is what is most important to me.
You can purchase The Method Dish Soap online at www.methodhome.com.au