Miniml wild rhubarb and lemon washing up liquid bottle and refill pouch on a table with washing up equipment, shot from above

Bursting the bubble on washing up liquid

It’s something we use every day, but how much have you thought about the contents of your washing up liquid? It gets the job done, it’s washed away and you might not worry about it any further than that.

Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there. Our friends at Miniml help us take a closer look.

Down the drain

Most conventional washing up liquids contain sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS. This acts as a surfactant, meaning it reduces the surface tension of the water and creates foam, leading to extra cleaning power. But it’s not without its issues.

A close up of a persons hands doing some washing up at a sink. A bottle of Miniml wild rhubarb and lemon washing up liquid is in the background.

SLS doesn’t just dissolve away to nothing when it’s used. After it goes down the plughole it can end up lingering in our waterways, endangering marine life and doing untold damage to the ecosystem. 


On a smaller scale, it’s also rough on the hands. SLS is a skin irritant and can especially affect people with sensitive skin. 

The various synthetic dyes and fragrances often found in washing up liquids can have the same effect. It might be nice to have a brightly coloured liquid, or a fresh floral scent, but your skin and your respiratory system may not react well, especially if you have allergies.

Digestive health

Most washing up liquid goes down the drain, but some can stick around on your crockery and cutlery. This is especially true if you fail to rinse properly. When these items get used again you might end up ingesting small amounts of chemicals that aren’t meant to be consumed, upsetting your digestive system.

A close up of a person's hands at the kitchen sink doing the washing up with a bottle of Miniml washing up liquid in the background.

It’s only a small risk, but you can avoid it altogether by opting for a washing up liquid with natural ingredients. Eliminate harsh and potentially harmful chemicals from your dish-washing process and you can be confident you’re helping to protect the environment as well as your body.


Miniml products contains no SLS, no parabens and no synthetic dyes They feature only natural fragrances, including apple, rhubarb and lemon. Their rigorously tested washing up liquid is gentle on the hands and equally kind to the planet, while still providing highly effective cleaning power.

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