Why we use Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Why we use Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, otherwise known as SLS, is a misunderstood cleaning powerhouse.

Twenty years ago, you'd be used to hearing that SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) was the root of all evil ...An article went around back in 2000 that led to a lot of this negativity. 

Today, there's a lot more research out... It's clear that SLS was given a rough time without the evidence to back it up.

For example, Healthline – Here (https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/what-is-sodium-lauryl-sulfate#products-with-sls) have shown that it is frequently misunderstood, linked to a 2015 Study, where SLS was deemed safe for household cleaning products. 

An extract from that study – "The complexity of chemical nomenclature and wide availability of scientific research provide detailed information but lends itself to misinterpretation by the layperson. For the surfactant sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), this has resulted in a misunderstanding of the environmental health impact of the chemical and statements in the media that are not scientifically supported."

"For decades, this chemical has been developing a negative reputation with consumers because of inaccurate interpretations of the scientific literature and confusion between SLS and chemicals with similar names. Here, we review the human and environmental toxicity profiles of SLS and demonstrate that it is safe for use in consumer household cleaning products."

We want to help you understand why we use SLS in Dazz tablets. 

First off, SLS is a surfactant. Its purpose is to attract water, oils and dirt. Using surfactants ensure that surfaces rinse clean. SLS is a GREAT cleaner. Hence why you'll see it used in many cleaning products, shampoos, soaps and even toothpaste. 

Where does SLS come from?  

There are many forms. Back when it was getting a bad rap, it was mostly made from petroleum. 😮 .. 

"Exactly, why would you want that!?"

You don't. Now they have found other ways to make it.

Palm Oil is one, and we're not too fond of that either. 

But there's another place where it can come from. 

Coconuts! 🥥 

There are two common surfactants that can be derived from coconuts, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SCS (Sodium Coco-Sulfate) - confusing right! 

SCS is often seen as a good alternative, When in fact, SCS contains SLS, our misunderstood cleaning powerhouse. 

Though you'll see here https://www.r10labs.com/sodium-coco-sulfate-vs-sodium-lauryl-sulfate-whats-the-difference/

That in actual fact, SCS has SLS in it, up to 66% of its total. 

Many things out there will claim to be SLS free. This is because of outdated information stating negative effects. 

So using one of these sulphates was really the most natural answer, To give us that cleaning power that your home needs, while still being safe for your family. 

 Our main goal at Dazz is to reduce plastic in NZ's waterways, landfills, and oceans, and a tablet form of cleaning is a fantastic way to help that cause. 

 We needed a POWERFUL cleaner that could compete with the big nasty companies, still using ammonia, bleaches, sodium hydroxide and plastic bottles. 

We're always looking to improve, and our R&D teams are looking at options for alternative ingredients as they are discovered (there's so much great research being done these days). 

 For all of you helping us on our journey to reduce plastic production and waste, we are truly grateful and can't thank you enough! We're always listening and willing to adapt where needed, so please keep your suggestions coming in. 

If you have not tried Dazz, you can purchase a home cleaning kit online here: https://dazz.co.nz/products/full-house-cleaning-kit

With love and thanks,

The Dazz Team.

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