Monday, October 31, 2011

Eco-Monday: Time to turn your clothes green

I recently noticed the popularity that "green" laundry detergent has gained in the consumer world as well as the multiple  news articles and blogs it has been featured in. Interested in figuring out what the buzz was all about I did some research and compiled a few reasons why you might want to look into creating your own laundry detergent. 

1. Common laundry detergents contain a multitude of chemicals that are released into the environment through the rinse cycle or also through the loss of particles, stuck in your clothing,  throughout the day. 

2. The chemicas used in laundry detergents are often not non-toxic, biodegradable or pant-derived and therefore act as pollutants to the environment. 

3. Many people can have adverse reactions to laundry detergents due to the intense nature of the cleaning materials. 

So if you would like to experiment with purchasing some eco-friendly laundry detergents you can try resources such as Melaleuca or Seventh Generation

You can also learn how to make your own detergent here:

1/2 cup washing soda. 
1/2 cup borax. 
1 cup bar soap, grated (many use Fels Naptha)
It is so simple. Combine the three ingredients and you're done! Use 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent for front loading washers and 2 tablespoons for top loading washers. Store your detergent it in a zip-loc container or mason jar for added appeal and you can wash up to 38 loads!


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