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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Greener Whites & Darks

When you throw on your favorite T-shirt or super soft sweats, did you know that you may also be snuggling up to layers of nonylphenoxyethoxylates, phthalates, linear alkylbenzenesulfonates and chlorine bleach? In the late 60's, bodies of water fell victim to a mysterious green sludge that was eventually proven to be phosphates from laundry detergents. These toxins were phased out, thankfully, but a long list of difficult-to-prounounce chemicals still remain in conventional detergents, along with petroleum-based surfactants and synthetic perfumes, posing risks to our water supplies, skin, and respiratory systems. With the eco-friendly brands removing stains and odors just as effectively as the old alternatives, isn't it time to consider a switch?

(Yes, I too see a pattern developing here.....laundry-related posts on the weekends. Well, at least I'm speaking from first hand stain-conquering experience.)

In a product sector that does not require ingredients listings, Seventh Generation's commitment to transparency is noble. In fact they have created a downloadable smart phone application and pdf version of their comprehensive Label Reading Guide, a glossary for the exhausting list of tongue twisters you find on most product labels. Available in three natural scents, Seventh Generation's Natural 2X Laundry Detergent

Shaklee's Fresh Laundry Concentrate also meets vast green cleaning criteria, plus it rivals the big conventional names in spot-treating stains for a true all-in-one product.

Method Laundry Detergent also makes the list as one of the few phthalates-free formulas on the market and is super-concentrated to ensure the least amount of waste. They claim 50 squeaky clean loads from each bottle, available in four different natural scent options.