Gut Hazard – Commercial Dishwasher Soap

Alcohol ethoxylates, which stick to dishes and prevent water adhering after drying, are shown to damage gut cells or render them permeable.  This is considered toxic to gastrointestinal tract and could flare gut symptoms at levels used by such cleaners. So, what does one do with stomach problems? – Either don’t use a dishwasher or clean dishes off with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer/ hand wipes as compound not that water soluble…

Ismail Ogulur, Yagiz Pat, Tamer Aydin, Duygu Yazici, Beate Rückert, Yaqi Penq, Juno Kim, Urszula Radzikowska, Patrick Westermann, Milena Sokolowska, Raja Dhir, Mubeccel Akdis, Kari Nadeau, Cezmi A. Akdis.
Gut epithelial barrier damage caused by dishwasher detergents and rinse aids.
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1 December 2022 in press
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2022.10.020


  • Alcohol ethoxylates are used in dishwasher detergents to stick to dishes and elicit quick drying
  • levels used in dishwashers cause significant damage to cells simulating gut lining.
  • this compound is not all that water soluble but soluble in alcohol so could take alcohol wipes to remove it – or not use dishwasher.
  • “The effect that we found could mark the beginning of the destruction of the gut’s epithelial layer and trigger the onset of many chronic diseases,”

Comment – well, going to look for an Alcohol ethoxylates free dishwasher soap though I see my brand does not put ingredients on box. I mean time I will hand wash my dishes…


What is not mentioned is that Alcohol ethoxylates includes Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – a soap used in most shampoos and even in toothpaste.   I am going to start using baby shampoo now or Sulphate free shampoo. Don’t know what to do about toothpaste… – anyone have advice?




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