Chemical ingredients for Ultra Ivory Original dishwashing soap include the cleaning agents PEG-8 propylheptyl ether, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and lauramine oxide, according to Procter and Gamble. Sodium chloride and PPG-26 are aqueous viscosity-increasing agents. Phenoxyethanol and water are solvents, while methylisothiazolinone is a preservative.
Ivory dishwashing soap also includes a chemical fragrance. Fragrance has been added to make the dishwashing process more pleasant. These chemicals were developed with both internal and external safety standards.
All the ingredients in the soap are chemicals, because, when considered scientifically, everything that consists of matter is a chemical, About.com says. The ingredients of Ivory dishwashing soap work together to cut grease, explains P & G. In addition, the soap is not supposed to be harsh to the skin.
Ultra Ivory Classic Scent liquid dishwashing soap is listed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Household Products Database. The information in the database comes from the manufacturer's Material Safety Data Sheet. The database tracks chronic and acute health effects, warnings, cancer-causing agents and first aid and disposal recommendations. For instance, the database reveals that ingestion of Ivory soap sometimes causes short-term gastrointestinal upset. Eye contact and long-term skin contact may lead to minor and short-lived irritation.