Let me tell you a little story about Fall 2011. I was sick, and when I say sick, I mean I was literally running to the bathroom every few hours, morning ’til night, seven days a week. I always had one eye out looking for the nearest public restroom sign. The worst part of this was I had no idea what was going on. I knew that gluten was probably to blame, but could not for the life of me figure out how it was getting into my system.

I had no idea that the unlikely culprit was right in front of my face: Dish soap.

Yes, dish soap was contaminating me every day. Every single meal I ate at home was poisoning me ever so slightly,  constantly irritating my weak small intestine. This seemingly innocent product was “eco friendly,” meaning that it ditched harsh chemicals in favor of biodegradable ingredients, some of which act as a binding agent for that viscous consistency. Safe for animals and the environment, but unfortunately, not for Celiacs — the new binding agent is GLUTEN.

I live in a house with other roommates — some strangers, some friends — but everyone knows my strict diet restrictions and so people were very conscious of washing up pans, plates, and the like with the utmost caution. I, myself, would even go as far as rewashing the pots and pans before I cooked. The soap residue would get into my food and do the damage.

My advice? Check your dish soaps, hand soaps, laundry detergents, shampoos, everything.  Most ingredients in facial and hair products will never actually get into your system through digestion, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.