I dread washing dishes. I hate how dish soap makes my hands feel dry and crackly. I hate how cleaners smell like chemicals, or if they don’t smell like chemicals they have a nearly overwhelming aroma of flowery scents used to cover the chemical smell. I even hate ugly dishwashing soap bottles.
But I no longer hate washing the dishes.
I had heard of Mrs. Myer’s brand products before but I thought you could only buy their products online, and I procrastinated the purchase. Upon my recent move to Boston I saw Mrs. Myer’s products everywhere, even the local Wal-Mart! I no longer had an excuse not to try out this brand.
Although Mrs. Myer’s makes all sorts of cleaning supplies (all purpose cleaners, laundry detergent, hand soap, etc) I chose to try out their dishwashing soap, as I do hate washing dishes and I’m up for anything that will make the experience more enjoyable. I was impressed by the soap’s attractive packaging, and I didn’t think that $3.99 was an excessive price for such a lovely smelling soap.
The package claims that Mrs. Myer’s is “aromatheraputic”, “hardworking”, “gentle on your home and the earth” and is made from “naturally occurring ingredients”
Yet did Mrs. Myer’s live up to its claims?
Aromatheraputic: I mentioned above that this soap smells lovely, and I do mean lovely. I might even go so far as to call it delightful. Although all the scents are subtle, clean, and fresh, I was immediately drawn to the lavender. The whole time you are using Mrs. Myer’s lavender scented dishwashing soap your kitchen truly smells like a flower garden on a breezy spring day. It’s like opening a bottle of summer. I honestly can not emphasize how wonderful this soap smells other than to say that if Mrs. Myer’s made a lavender scented perfume, I would wear it every day. Check plus plus on aromatheraputic!
Hardworking: I can say that Mrs. Myer’s dish soap works just as well as any dish soap I have tried in the past. It not a miracle product; you will still struggle a bit cleaning off gross crusty casserole dishes, but it’s up to par with it’s more chemical-laden counterparts.
Gentle on your home and the earth: I can’t say how gentle it is on the earth (because I really can’t ask the earth its opinion), but I can say it’s much more gentle on me than previous products I’ve tried. After using this soap for a week I am not suffering from any sort of dried out or cracked hands, while the gentle scent created from essential oils means I’m not inhaling in chemical fumes while I’m washing the dishes.
Naturally occurring ingredients: The bottle claims this soap is made from at least 97% naturally derived ingredients. I’m no expert on soap production so I cannot say if this is a high or low number, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that 97% is a pretty good proportion of naturally derived ingredients.
The only drawback I can find is the cost. Although I did not think the $3.99 price tag on this dishwashing soap was too much, I do think some of Mrs. Myer’s other products are a bit over the top (ie/ all-purpose cleaner for $7.99).
I highly recommend Mrs. Myer’s liquid dish soap. It cuts through grease and dirt just as well as any of the more popular, less natural products out there. The attractive packing makes it look nice enough that you can keep it next to your sink instead of under your sink. It contains largely natural and biodegradable ingredients so you’re doing good for the environment by choosing this product. And if you don’t care about organic and natural and green and earth friendly or esthetics, at the very least you will want to buy this soap because it smells so absolutely fantastic.