Green and natural living is a priority for me. Not only do I want to keep nasty chemicals from invading my body as well as my daughter’s, but I also want to do my part to keep our Mother Earth alive and well for as long as possible.
For years and years I fell prey to the well market concept that your dirty dishes would not be properly sanitized if you didn’t use a detergent with all kinds of chemicals in it. I was fooled into believing that natural detergents would not properly disinfect your used dishes. I purchased all of the heavy duty detergents and rinse agents, feeling confident that all the nasty germs would be washed away. It never occurred to me that while yes, these detergents were cleaning my dishes, they were also leaving behind all kinds of chemical residue that would eventually wreak havoc on my body.
A few years ago, I made the switch to all natural detergents. I tried almost every brand under the sun. While I was satisfied with the results of many of the products, my husband was not. Rasta Daddy complained over and over again that the dishes smelled funny and didn’t look clean. Until about a week ago, this was an ongoing difference of opinion.
Tropical Traditions offered me the opportunity to test out their Household Traditions Dish Liquid (HTDL). Before I share my experience with this detergent, here are a few reasons why I was already excited about this product before it even arrived:
- HTDL is an effective and concentrated dish soap developed by and for people with allergies, asthma and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
- It is a coconut-based product. With coconut’s natural moisturizing qualities, washing dishes is even soothing to your hands.
- HTDL is safe for you but tough on dirty, greasy dishes.
- It breaks down safely and rapidly making it safer for the environment.
- It is also low sudsing, making it ideal for camping or other outdoor uses.
- HTDL is free of fragrances, phosphates, petroleum solvents, chlorine, dyes and other common triggers for respiratory or skin irritations.
While I adore Tropical Traditions, there are a few products that I simply have not yet tried. The HTDL was one of them. I guess for some reason I just figured that it would be the same as the other dish liquids I had tried. I had finally settled on one that did a good job and while Rasta Daddy still had the occasional complaint, he was able to live with it. I did not want to rock the boat.
When the shipment arrived, Tiny grabbed it hoping it was coconut oil. When she saw that it was dish soap, she was disappointed for a second but then got all excited because that meant that she could play in the sink and do some dishes! Since Tiny was technically the first person to test out the dish liquid, I thought that I would share her thoughts on the quality of the HTDL.
Tiny: “Mama, pour more out. No mama. More. Even more. MORE! Get my cups. More cups. MORE.”
Me: “How do you like the dish soap?”
Tiny: “It is fun mama. I’m getting in the sink to have a bath now.”
Me: “Tiny, that soap is for the dishes.”
Tiny: “I AM GETTING IN THE SINK MAMA!”
After Tiny washed her hair and body with the dish soap, I think it is safe to say that it passed her approval. She got out of the sink and said “ahhhh, all clean. I feel nice.” So there you have it…it makes an excellent dish soap AND a kid cleaner/degreaser!
I have used the dish liquid for a week now and really like it! At first I was using too much as it took a few sinkfulls of dishes to figure out how much I would really need. I discovered that you really do not need much at all which makes this a very cost effective dish liquid. Win-win!
As a real foodie, I constantly have mounds of dishes, most of which I wash by hand. I used the HTDL on some easy to clean items as well as some of my stainless steel pots that had baked on egg! This dish soap does an excellent job on burnt on food. I soaked the pot for a few minutes in warm water with dish soap, then did my usual scrubbing routine. While the HTDL is not a miracle worker, I noticed that I didn’t have to use as much elbow grease as I was accustomed too.
My absolute FAVORITE thing about this dish liquid is now amazingly gentle it is on my hands. I wear gloves a lot while doing dishes but when I forget, my hands usually pay the price. They get dry and crack in a nano-second. The HTDL has literally doubled as a dish cleaner and a hand moisturizer. My hands come out feeling really soft!
So how did Rasta Daddy respond to the dish liquid switch? Two days after I started using it he commented that the pots sparkled a bit. He asked if I finally was using “real” soap. I told him no, that I was just trying a different brand. Another day passes and Rasta Daddy comments that his bowl doesn’t smell like a dirty hippie. Ha! Success! The biggest compliment I can give Tropical Traditions is that their HTDL does NOT leave a “dirty hippie” odor behind on the dishes.
My verdict – a HUGE 10 our of 10! I will be using the Household Traditions Dish Liquid from now on!
Would you like to win some? Of course you would! Use the Rafflecopter entry system at the end of this post. Easy, easy, easy!
This giveaway opens today, August 4, 2012 and closes August 14, 2012 at 11:59pm PST. I will email you and you will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. Open to U.S. residents only.
And because I am a coconut oil fanatic (remember my 160 Uses for Coconut Oil post), I want to make sure that you do check out some of the great information on the Tropical Traditions site about coconut oil. You can learn more about what virgin coconut oil actually is as well as how to use it! And of course you can check out their three different types of coconut oil including Gold Label Coconut Oil, Green Label Coconut Oil, and Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil.