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I've just seen this said twice and even though I'm in luuurve with Dawn, if there's any reason it's not safe to use, I will gladly give it up.<br><br>
Ok, so...<br><br>
1) Is there really sulfur in Dawn?<br><br>
2) How might this affect skin, considering Dawn is a product that is expected to come in direct contact with skin while washing dishes?<br><br>
3) If it is usually fine to touch bare skin, isn't it less of a problem when it's been rinsed and rinsed again?<br><br>
4) Does anyone have experience with a kid who got rashes from it and are you sure it was the dishsoap and not something else?<br><br>
5) If your kid has shown no ill effects from diapers washed in Dawn, do you feel it's safe to use, even if there *is* sulfur in the soap?<br><br>
I want to cover my bases, but we don't have problems with rashes at all, and our diapers are SO clean now that I'm having trouble believing this could be harmful. And so many people have been using Dawn to strip their diapers and it seems to work wonderfully. Wouldn't we have noticed if there was a wave of babies having problems with Dawn?
 

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Also, sulpher is good for the skin, so even if that were true I bet it wouldn't be a big deal in terms of baby skin and what not. But yes, Dawn is supposed to rinse entirely away and leave no residue, and if it did leave a dangerous one, I would worry more about people ingesting it than my baby's bum touching it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It doesn't seem that P&G is too forthcoming on what is exactly in Dawn <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Most likely because there are patents or something.<br><br>
Anyway, here's what I was able to find:<br><a href="http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=brands&id=16003023" target="_blank">http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov...ds&id=16003023</a><br>
Ingredients from MSDS/Label<br>
Fragrance(s)/perfume(s)<br>
Surfactant(s) (unspecified)<br>
Ethanol/SD Alcohol 40<br>
Water<br>
Colorant/Pigment/Dye(s)<br>
Dispensing/stabilizing/buffering agent(s)<br><br>
as well as this site:<br><a href="http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/safety/MSDS/DAWN%20LIQUID%20DISHWASHING%20DETERGENT--PROCTER%20&%20GAMBLE%20--.htm" target="_blank">http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/saf...AMBLE%20--.htm</a><br><br>
I have been using it for my DD's diapers for a few washes now. I like that it washes out completely, I like that it doesn't leave a cloying smell and my diapers don't smell. Plus, no issues with rashes on DD. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I bet my post was one place you read it...<br><br>
I saw it here somewhere else and I'm very curious as to whether or not this is an issue.<br><br>
I hope we can get some clarification. I was trying to stick my head in the sand, hehehe. Esp b/c it's working great on our diapers.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Okay, here goes....<br>
First let me say that some people use Dawn with no ill effects while others (I have read on the Pin or Swappers, I forget which) have had problems with rash.<br><br>
There is a BIG difference in dawn washing off of a non pourus plate and it washing clean out of a fiber filled piece of cloth. I cannot say just how well it washes out of clothes as I am no chemist BUT.....<br><br>
There are those that have had rashes when they used Dawn in their diapers. I am not one of those, but I did start the first thread that mentioned sulfur. Here is my story:<br><br>
Several years ago I had to go to the er for a medical emergency, and we had to leave our kiddos with the inlaws. When I came home my dd had a rash all over her belly, legs, and arms. I called my sil to ask what my dd may have been exposed to and she said that all they did was play on the slip and slide and they used...you guessed it....Dawn. I called poison control to see if this was something that may possibly cause the problem and they said yes, as it has sulfur in it. IF (I am saying IF) your child has an alergy to sulfur you CAN have problems with Dawn. My dh has a problem with sulfur, and my mom, sister, and myself all break out when we use it in our dishes.<br><br>
I know this is placing it directly ON the skin, BUT this would explain all of those people on the other diaper board telling of their children breaking out when they stipped their dipes with Dawn.<br><br>
Here I found a thread:<br><a href="http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56086&highlight=dawn" target="_blank">http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...highlight=dawn</a><br><br>
Some people can use it, some cannot. I hope this helps.
 

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That's interesting. I'm guessing that it's sulfites that are in it as a preservative. Sulfites are derived from sulfur. My mom is allergic to sulfites too If it is sulfites, I bet they're in a lot of detergents to lengthen shelf life. That would help explain why some babies get such horrid rashes from some detergents while others don't.
 
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