06 Mar 2009 12:03:42
"Cleanliness is close to Godliness.. but there's nothing clean about chemicals"
"When you're cleaning your home you're often doing the opposite to the environment and also to your health. Increasingly the link is being made between the chemicals we use and the rise in diseases. One way to avoid this is to use oxygen enhancing products to clean your clothes.
Phosphates are used as water softeners and when they are discharged into the environment they stimulate excessive algal growth. These 'algal blooms' starve water of oxygen, killing plant and fish life and disrupt the sewage treatment process. For every litre of washing powder you use, 20,000 litres of water are required to treat it until it can re-enter our water system safely. And it's not the detergent that cleans clothes anyway - it's the water. All detergents do is separate the oxygen molecules to generate a 'wetter' water to penetrate the fabric deeper and thus remove more dirt.
Alternatives to detergents do exist - Eco Balls offer clean, inexpensive and chemical free cleaning () and Ecover offer a range of natural based cleaning products (
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