A Dummy’s journey to becoming more Eco-friendly in my home:

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My journey to find simple ways to be more Eco friendly and reduce harmful pollution: 

PART 1

Whilst I have been aware of the eco-friendliness of artificial flowers for many years, I am rather ashamed to admit that, up until recently, I have not really made a concerted effort to make myself aware of other eco-friendly alternatives to everyday things.

At this point I am sure some readers will be holding their hands to their head or throwing them up in despair; but just consider, I am trying to get more environmentally with it now!

Whilst I fully realise that we can’t all be Greta Thunberg-type eco warriors as we live our busy and purposeful lives. However, I also realise that we can all still do our bit t0 try to stop the damage we have already done to our planet – as the saying goes “Every little helps”.

As I do my research to educate myself on ways that I can ‘do my bitfor our planet, I thought I would share my discoveries for those of you who want to ‘do your bit’ but are not sure how.

In my journey so far, I have found out that one of the single largest contributors to polluting our planet is the conventional way that we wash our clothes. With each wash load we pollute our planet with micro plastics and chemicals. If you consider that the average family in the UK does between five and ten loads of laundry every week using both commercially produced detergent and conditioner it is easy to see the scale of this pollution.

There are 3 great reasons to stop using commercial laundry detergent and conditioners

1. Reduce the threat to our well-being:

Ingredients such as fragrances, detergents, foaming agents, surfactants, and chemicals with unpronounceable names, are all artificial. These ingredients can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, respiratory issues and other side effects. Some commonly used ingredients can also affect our hormones; and cause vertigo, asthma, and chronic headaches. But more worrisome is the finding that these ingredients have been found to have carcinogenic properties. Rather a high price to pay for sweet-smelling clothes and bedding I think!

2. Reduce the threat to our environment:

As well as being a threat to our well-being, the ingredients in these products are really bad for the environment. Detergents do not biodegrade and, instead, contaminate water supplies, rivers, and oceans with heavy metals that include cadmium and arsenic. A variety of studies have also shown that phosphates (a commonly used ingredient) builds up in rivers and waterways and can cause algae blooms that starve fish and underwater plant life of oxygen. Chemically produced detergents are also toxic to fish and marine life and eventually break down into still-toxic by-products. Further, in a freshwater environment, such as rivers, these chemicals erode the protective layer of mucus that protects the fish from parasites and bacteria, putting their numbers at risk. They have also been found to decrease the breeding rate of fish, due to the effect they have on their hormones.

2. Reduce the use of plastic:

Many commercial laundry products come in plastic containers. Most of these are single use and many are non-recyclable. Considering how much detergent we use and how many people use it, these containers end up having 

Thankfully, I also found that there are a number of alternatives that don’t include using nasty chemicals, poisons and toxins. These eco friendly alternatives to conventional detergents only contain natural, sustainable, zero waste ingredients; and are just as effective as their chemical counterparts. They are fully capable of getting the job done without having disastrous consequences on our planet.

So, my first eco-friendly resolution was to change my laundry routines by using alternatives to commercial laundry products. However, as they say ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, therefore , I decided my first step would be to replace my usual commercial laundry detergent with the best eco-friendly alternative – soap nuts.

Related image

Soapberry tree

Soap Nuts (aka soap berries):

Soap nuts are the dried fruit of the Soapberry tree. They are related to the lychee and rambutan family of plants. Consequently,  people with nut allergies need not worry.

Soap nuts are 100% natural, fully sustainable, zero waste product that really works.

Soap nuts work because they contain a compound called saponi; which acts in the same way as conventional detergent.

Soap nuts are also hypoallergenic and can safely be used for babies and people with sensitive skin.

MY VERDICT:

Now I have tried using soapberries I will never go back to using chemical detergents!

USING SOAP NUTS:

To use simply place e 5 nuts in a small washing bag for each load of laundry. (The soap nuts are most effective in warm and hot water.) If you have soft water in your area you can use fewer nuts.

When the wash cycle has completed simply remove bag of soap nuts and use again in the next wash load.

Generally, I have found that 5 soap nuts will do 5 – 6 laundry loads and 25 soap nuts will do 25-30 laundry loads!

When all saponin has been used in these soap nuts they will turn grey; when this happens; simply place them in the garden waste recycle bin or put in your compost heap.

NB. Don’t let the low suds fool you into thinking they aren’t doing their job! Most conventional laundry detergents contain foaming agents which we have come to associate with effective cleaning. However, in reality, the quantity of bubbles has little to do with its effectiveness! Soap Nuts keep you clean without phoney bubbles.

Thanks for reading.

I hope you change to a green clean commercial detergent-free wash routine too.

Read my next blog when I will be reporting on my journey for eco-friendly alternatives to fabric conditioner.

A Dummy’s journey to becoming more Eco-friendly in my home:

Whilst I have been aware of the eco-friendliness of artificial flowers for many years, I am rather ashamed to admit that, up until recently, I have not really made a concerted effort to make myself aware of other eco-friendly alternatives to everyday things.

At this point I am sure some readers will be holding their hands to their head or throwing them up in despair; but just consider, I am trying to get more environmentally with it now!

Whilst I fully realise that we can’t all be Greta Thunberg-type eco warriors as we live our busy and purposeful lives. However, I also realise that we can all still do our bit t0 try to stop the damage we have already done to our planet – as the saying goes “Every little helps”.

As I do my research to educate myself on ways that I can ‘do my bitfor our planet, I thought I would share my discoveries for those of you who want to ‘do your bit’ but are not sure how.

In my journey so far, I have found out that one of the single largest contributors to polluting our planet is the conventional way that we wash our clothes. With each wash load we pollute our planet with micro plastics and chemicals. If you consider that the average family in the UK does between five and ten loads of laundry every week using both commercially produced detergent and conditioner it is easy to see the scale of this pollution.

There are 3 great reasons to stop using commercial laundry detergent and conditioners

1. Reduce the threat to our well-being:

Ingredients such as fragrances, detergents, foaming agents, surfactants, and chemicals with unpronounceable names, are all artificial. These ingredients can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, respiratory issues and other side effects. Some commonly used ingredients can also affect our hormones; and cause vertigo, asthma, and chronic headaches. But more worrisome is the finding that these ingredients have been found to have carcinogenic properties. Rather a high price to pay for sweet-smelling clothes and bedding I think!

2. Reduce the threat to our environment:

As well as being a threat to our well-being, the ingredients in these products are really bad for the environment. Detergents do not biodegrade and, instead, contaminate water supplies, rivers, and oceans with heavy metals that include cadmium and arsenic. A variety of studies have also shown that phosphates (a commonly used ingredient) builds up in rivers and waterways and can cause algae blooms that starve fish and underwater plant life of oxygen. Chemically produced detergents are also toxic to fish and marine life and eventually break down into still-toxic by-products. Further, in a freshwater environment, such as rivers, these chemicals erode the protective layer of mucus that protects the fish from parasites and bacteria, putting their numbers at risk. They have also been found to decrease the breeding rate of fish, due to the effect they have on their hormones.

2. Reduce the use of plastic:

Many commercial laundry products come in plastic containers. Most of these are single use and many are non-recyclable. Considering how much detergent we use and how many people use it, these containers end up having 

Thankfully, I also found that there are a number of alternatives that don’t include using nasty chemicals, poisons and toxins. These eco friendly alternatives to conventional detergents only contain natural, sustainable, zero waste ingredients; and are just as effective as their chemical counterparts. They are fully capable of getting the job done without having disastrous consequences on our planet.

So, my first eco-friendly resolution was to change my laundry routines by using alternatives to commercial laundry products. However, as they say ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, therefore , I decided my first step would be to replace my usual commercial laundry detergent with the best eco-friendly alternative – soap nuts.

 

Related image

Soapberry tree

Soap Nuts (aka soap berries):

Soap nuts are the dried fruit of the Soapberry tree. They are related to the lychee and rambutan family of plants. Consequently,  people with nut allergies need not worry.

Soap nuts are 100% natural, fully sustainable, zero waste product that really works.

Soap nuts work because they contain a compound called saponi; which acts in the same way as conventional detergent.

Soap nuts are also hypoallergenic and can safely be used for babies and people with sensitive skin.

MY VERDICT:

Now I have tried using soapberries I will never go back to using chemical detergents!

USING SOAP NUTS:

To use simply place e 5 nuts in a small washing bag for each load of laundry. (The soap nuts are most effective in warm and hot water.) If you have soft water in your area you can use fewer nuts.

When the wash cycle has completed simply remove bag of soap nuts and use again in the next wash load.

Generally, I have found that 5 soap nuts will do 5 – 6 laundry loads and 25 soap nuts will do 25-30 laundry loads!

When all saponin has been used in these soap nuts they will turn grey; when this happens; simply place them in the garden waste recycle bin or put in your compost heap.

NB. Don’t let the low suds fool you into thinking they aren’t doing their job! Most conventional laundry detergents contain foaming agents which we have come to associate with effective cleaning. However, in reality, the quantity of bubbles has little to do with its effectiveness! Soap Nuts keep you clean without phoney bubbles.

Thanks for reading.

I hope you change to a green clean commercial detergent-free wash routine too.

Read my next blog when I will be reporting on my journey for eco-friendly alternatives to fabric conditioner.

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