The holidays are a crazy time for everyone, and now that January is here (ok, it’s already mid-January, but I’m doing the best I can!), I am hoping that I can make serious headway into the stacks of papers covering my desk. I got a new computer (mine was threatening to die at any moment) and two giant (to me) monitors, so I thought I was set – ready to tackle the backlog of work and resolved to have a clean desk!
Did I mention we also got 2 kittens for Christmas? Yeah. So, one or the other of them is now on my lap, lying across my typing arms, and the other is invariably sitting smack dab in the middle of my desk, right in front of my monitor! Not the picture of efficiency I’d envisioned, but at least someone’s happy!
Well, all this brings me to one of these stacks of paper — one I’ve been working on for awhile and could never seem to get all the way through. I picked the stack to tackle after I read a recent post from my friend Linda over at The Gluten-Free Homemaker, challenging everyone to do a really thorough cleaning of their kitchens.
I had started a post to answer questions on gluten-free cleaning agents last year, but had never gotten around to finishing it, so I figured, I’m leaving on a plane in a few hours and haven’t packed, so this is the perfect time to scratch this off my to-do list, right?
A few readers have inquired about rumors they’d heard that dishwashing detergent contains gluten. This could be serious, as you know, for anyone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. I’m not so concerned if there was gluten in my laundry detergent, as I don’t typically lick my clothes, but my forks? Yes. (Note- if you are gluten sensitive or have other allergies, you could have issues with gluten-containing soaps, shampoo, laundry detergent, lotions and the like – you’ll know because it will bother your skin; celiacs must ingest gluten to get sick from the contamination).
While we’re on the subject, what about our counters? I’ve been known to put food on my counters now and again, I don’t want to clean those surfaces with a cleaner containing gluten either (and with cats now, I’ll be washing my counters even more frequently!). If you have a kitchen that still has gluten in it, this is another concern as well. Amy at the Savvy Celiac wrote an interesting post on “washing away” gluten in your kitchen. Comparing some studies done on removing peanut protein, she speculates that some household cleaners would do better than hand sanitizer or even soap and water to wash surfaces clean of gluten.
I started my search and emailed many companies for answers. (I always suggest that folks do this about any product - food or otherwise - if they have questions. You will get a satisfactory answer from the companies, or you won’t, and that’s your answer.)
By way of example, here are a couple of helpful emails I received from companies in response to my inquiries:
Thank you for your interest in Mrs. Meyer’s, and for taking the time to write us. I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. Our products are wheat and gluten free. That being said, the equipment used to manufacture our products is not dedicated equipment, so there is a very slim chance of cross contamination. Good sterilization and separation practices are employed to avoid cross contamination.
Because our products are richly fragranced, and comprised of plant sourced ingredients, we would not say that our products are “allergy free”. While allergic responses to our products are rare, people can be allergic to anything. We are happy to provide dish soap samples of our different fragrances for you to try before you buy if you are interested. I hope that this information is helpful. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
With clean and kind regards,
Customer Service Representative
Toll free at: 877-576-8808
Caldrea / Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
www.caldrea.com / www.mrsmeyers.com
Thanks for writing to us.
I’m happy to say that all our cleaning products are gluten free. The only products that we have with any gluten ingredients would be our Feminine Care pads(pantyliners and maxi pads). They use an absorbent material derived from wheat. Please know that the Feminine care products are made in a different facility all together.
Hopefully this can help you find the right products for your home. Please let me know if I can do anything further to help.
The gist of what I’ve learned is that there are some really good, gluten-free options for cleaning agents out there. As with any product, formulas can change, so to be doubly sure, check for yourself before purchasing. Below is a partial list of gluten-free cleaners — when it comes to my counters and my dishes, these are the ones I’ll be choosing.
Gluten-Free Cleaning Products (gathered from company websites and direct responses to my inquiries):
GF Proctor & Gamble products:
- Cascade Complete® Gel with and without bleach
- Cascade Complete® ActionPacs
- Cascade Complete® Powder
- Complete® with Bleach Powder
- Crystal Clear® Rinse Aid
- Cascade with Dawn® ActionPacs
- Dawn® Gel
- Dawn® Powder
- Dawn® Dishwashing Detergent
- Tide® Laundry Detergent (liquid or powder)
GF Colgate Palmolive products:
- Crystal White Octagon Lemon Dish Liquid
- Ajax Cleanser with bleach
- Murphy Oil Soap
One more thing …
If all this is making your head spin and you’re inclined to want to make your own dish detergent recipe, check out Heidi’s recipe at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom.