I was talking with my very dear friend over at www.itsajaimething.com and we had a little green discussion about Jet-Dry. It does what it is supposed to do, that is rinses your dishes “clean”. But, is it safe?
First thing I did this morning was research this popular product and as usual I started with the Jet-Dry MSDS sheet. It doesn’t take long to read and please make your own conclusions about the information listed.
Personally I found it interesting that the handling precautions include wearing non-permeable gloves and goggles. Really?! Yes. Do you put on safety gear when loading your dishwasher? I would love to know how many of you think it’s strange that the manufacturer of a product that “cleans” the things we EAT off of, suggest that we actually wear gloves and goggles! This is insane to me. Let me say it again, gloves & goggles! This stuff goes on our spoons, plates, glasses, forks, sippy cups, etc. and then those things go into our mouths! Are ya with me?!
Furthermore, I was a bit alarmed at two other things. One, there is no “data/information available” regarding it’s eco-toxicity or aquatic toxicity. But it does say, “Do not allow material to contaminate ground water system.” Strange. Two, it doesn’t say specifically if any of it’s contents are carcinogens or not. The MSDS sheet simply says, “Not listed as carcinogenic by OSHA, NTP, or IARC.” Interesting, but I guess it is still better than had they said it is listed as a carcinogen.
So, what are our options for a spot free rinse that won’t make us sick or burn our eyes or kill all the fish with our contaminated water, you ask? I’ll give you one guess!
Simply pour white vinegar directly into the same opening you would use for Jet-Dry. That’s it! Not only can you get one gallon of white vinegar for under $3 but you are actually eliminating the spots with a natural sanitizer (free of chlorine)! The vinegar over time will also get rid of any hard water build up in the dishwasher itself. Gotta love it! 😀 Finally, your dishes won’t smell anymore. Have you ever noticed the chemically (yes I just made up that word) smell on your plates and glasses? It’s there.