Laundry Products

Laundry Detergents

  • Use detergents that don't contain phosphates. Liquid laundry detergents do not have phosphates. Fortunately, non-phosphate detergents have been shown to clean very well.
  • Use simple laundry soap. Cleans better if a water softener like borax, washing soda, or baking soda is added to prevent soap scum residue.
  • Consider installing a water conditioner in your home. Softens hard water; lets soap work better.
  • Use products which contain "washing soda." Washing soda brightens fabrics, costs less than bleach and is safer to have around.

Chlorine Bleach

  • Use non-chlorine dry bleach or washing soda to whiten clothes.
  • Use hydrogen peroxide-based liquid bleaches. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down to water and oxygen in wastewater.
  • If you use chlorine bleach, try using half the recommended amount and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda per load.
  • Limit use of bleaches where possible.