Many laundry detergents contain chemicals, and in particular phosphates, that are detrimental the environment and waterways into which they are released. The accumulation of phosphates in streams and lakes upsets the natural balance of the water, often resulting in algae growth and the depletion of dissolved oxygen that is essential to the survival of local fish.
There is an emerging range of environmentally friendly laundry detergents that is becoming widely available, so let’s have a look at a selection of these eco detergent alternatives.
Envirosafe Solutions offers commercial grade laundry detergents in liquid and powder form as well as fabric conditioner. These products will not adversely affect the workings of sewage treatment plants, biomass or septic systems.
The fabric conditioner is phosphate free while the liquid and powder detergents contain reduced phosphates. The liquid detergent and fabric conditioner is available in 4, 10, 20, 205, and 1000 litre packages, while the powder is available in 5, 12 and 200kg packs.
EnviroCare Earth supplies EnviroClean Liquid Laundry, a detergent that contains no phosphates or chlorine and which is septic and sewerage safe. It contains readily biodegradable surfactants that comply with AST4351 and is available in 110ml and 1, 2, 5 and 15 litre packages and can also be bulk ordered.
Besides the environmentally friendly laundry detergents there are environmentally friendly alternatives that are increasing in popularity and are becoming more widely available.
Laundry Balls offer an environmentally safe and cost effective alternative to detergents. They contain minerals often found in regular detergents, sodium silicate and sodium carbonate as well as a mild and biodegradable surfactant, but minus the harmful chemicals. The Laundry Ball product is ideal for those who suffer from skin sensitivity and the minerals even soften the water and the fabric so there is no need to use fabric softener either.
Another detergent alternative is Soapnuts, also known as wash nuts, or soap berries. Soapnuts contain approximately 12% saponins, a natural detergent, and are a completely natural and biodegradable product that is free from phosphates and other chemicals. Using just 6 to 8 half soapnut shells per wash will effectively remove stains in a regular sixed load, and the nuts can then be re-used about 4 times.
Avoiding harsh chemicals could quite simply provide a better outcome for the environment at large, and this applies to domestic laundry habits as well as commercial laundry services.