Day 60 – Used Environmentally Safe Laundry Soap

Day 60 - Used Environmentally Safe Laundry Soap

I used Dr. Bronner’s Soap (the peppermint kind to be exact) to do my laundry this morning.

On their web site it states that, “Dr. Bronner’s Soap are completely biodegradable and vegetable based.”

To sum up a PlanetGreen article on greening your laundry, regular laundry detergents are neither good for the environment or you. The phosphate in these soaps can screw up the ecology. When looking for eco-friendly detergents, look for labels that describe the soap as readily biodegradable and phosphate free, and made from vegetable based ingredients.

LighterFootStep advises to be on the alert of products like The GreenWashBall that are BS and claim to green your laundry.

You can also check out Key Characteristics of Laundry Detergent Ingredients from the EPA.

What was your simple green act for the day?

  • Kristi
    Another good detergent to try is Seventh Generation. It is the only detergent in my area that is good for us and the enviroment. I really like it and the few extra dollars that I pay for it is so worth it.
  • Mike Lieberman
    Thanks for the comment Kristi. I've heard a lot of good stuff about Seventh Gen. I use Dr. Bronner's bc I use it for so many other things as well. So I buy it in bulk.
  • tammyn
    I love castile soap too. I use it for tons of things.

    I have a huge weight on my shoulders. Today, my brother gave me a CASE of diapers (232!) and a case of paper towels (18 rolls!) His wife works for Proctor and Gamble, but he knows I cloth diaper, and I don't use paper towels. I will donate both to a local shelter, yet I still fell HORRIBLE about even having these in my possession. I don't even want to look at them! The amount of industrial waste used in producing disposable diapers is horrendous, and they are not exactly something that should be put against the skin of a baby. How do I get rid of this guilt? And other suggestions of what to do with them?
  • Mike Lieberman
    I think you are doing the right thing by donating them. By doing that you aren't just tossing them, but giving them to someone who can use them despite the "waste" that it's producing.

    As for your brother, the only thing you can do is let him know that you appreciate the items, but don't want them. Maybe just start turning them down when he offers or brings them?!!?

    That's a really tough situation.

    Any info on the recycling place?
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