the dirty secret
Detergents are made using petroleum and petrochemicals.
Most household cleaning products – including the plant based and plant derived ones - are made with synthetic detergents. You’ll find these synthetic detergents in laundry products, all-purpose surface cleaners, dishwashing products, hand washes and more. The plant derived ones show up on labels as sulfates, ethoxylates, glucosides, betaines and oxides and while they include some natural ingredients, they are made using petroleum and petrochemicals in a complex industrial process.
Here’s how common synthetic detergents are listed on labels:
Each one is made using one or more of the following petrochemicals derived from petroleum:
Soap is different. Soap is made using simple ingredients and simple chemistry that’s been around for thousands of years. You can make it in your kitchen if you have time and patience.
Here’s what we use to make our soap: