How I Found Out about PVC in dishwashers and the dangers it poses to our kids!
After having been used for 11 years, my dishwasher died. I wasn’t too sad, as I knew it meant getting one that matched the kitchen a bit better! Because I was preoccupied with the kids, Bill went out to pick out a dishwasher (this I was grateful for, as the kids don’t seem to enjoy appliance shopping so much!). The dishwasher came within a week. At first glance, I liked it because instead of being black, it was a bisque color, finally matching our cabinets. Then it was installed and we ran it to clean out any residue and dirt from the factory. I knew as soon as we opened the door that something was off. You see, I have a VERY sensitive nose that knows when something is not quite right. This tends to drive my husband crazy because it means he has to listen to me as I can smell out a problem before the effects can be seen.
It wasn’t until we opened the new dishwasher that I saw that the whole tub was made of plastic and knew that what I was smelling was the leeching of some sort of chemical. I got on the computer right away. After some research, I found that along with the tub being made of plastic, the actual racks were coated with PVC. Before moving on with my story, let me explain why this is bad for those of you that don’t know…
Like BPA, PVC contains dangerous chemicals. Some of these chemicals are known to cause cancer and asthma. Because these chemicals are released under warm and moist conditions, a dishwasher is a dangerous place for these already hazardous compounds. It’s not just the fact that these chemicals are coating the dishes, but also the fumes they give off, that when inhaled, cause problems. Please see the link at the end of this post for the full story!
Back to the story and the part that should shock people, but probably won’t… the companies using PVC know it is hazardous and thus, don’t come out and outright say that their racks are coated with PVC (Fridgedaire is one company that does this). When I went back to Lowes with Bill to pick out a different dishwaser, we found that those that have racks coated in nylon, advertise so on the information card displayed next to the washer. However, those with racks coated in PVC simply do not list what their racks are coated with. So here, once again, is where the theme of this blog comes into play – do your research! Had it not been for my nose, I would never had know I would be exposing my family to harmful chemicals via my dishwasher!
What Kind of Dishwasher poses the Least Amount of Dangers? After my research, I have found that as far as the choices that are out there go, look to buy a dishwasher with a stainless steel tub and nylon coated racks. If you are curious about what your racks are coated with, you should be able to find this info out online. Look for your particular brand and model and look at the specs.
If you aren’t aware about the big deal with PVC and the danger it poses, please read the first link below!
Our Health and PVC – What’s The Connection (A must Read!) http://www.besafenet.com/pvc/documents/2009/Fact-Sheets/110909%20Our%20Health%20and%20PVC.pdf
The Connection Between Dishwashers and PVC: http://www.ehow.com/list_6624353_dangers-pvc-racks-dishwasher_.html
PVC: The Poison Plastic – The Campaign for Safe, Healthy Consumer Products: http://www.besafenet.com/pvc/about.htm