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Are any of the major name brand laundry detergents and dish soaps ecofriendly?

Asked by deepseas72 (1076points) December 31st, 2007

I am familiar with all the usual ecofriendly products, such as Seventh Generation and such, but I was wondering if any of the common name brands (i.e. Tide, Dawn, etc.) offer any biodegradeable, phosphate free options.

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sferik's avatar

I just picked up some Wintree laundry detergent, which claims to be ecofriendly friendly, at Costco.

hollywoodduck's avatar

I’ve seen advertisements for Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent that they claim to use biodegradable surfactants and natural plant oils and such. I haven’t used but it would probably be a better option that other name brands. I like the Method line of household cleaners ( and I know Target sells this as well) they have a laundry detergent and fabric softeners that work really well.

occ's avatar

Last week, Clorox just launched their first new line in 20 years—called Green Works. The ingredients are all natural—if you read the list of ingredients, it’s actually all things you can pronounce and are familiar with: coconut oils, lemon juice, etc. No nasty stuff hiding in there. Environmental friends of mine have looked into this thoroughly and the product is environmentally sound (just the Green Works line of household cleaning products, though. there’s nothing environmentally sound about actual bleach—so the other Clorox products still have some enviro problems). The Green Works products actually cost the same as the other mainstream products, which I think is really going to change the market, since currently most of the eco-friendly products cost a lot more than the dirty ones.

Aprilleigh1974's avatar

I use the Seventh Generation brand. They are plant based detergents, no petroleum. I love it and it smells so good. I’ve also used Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, and while they are more natural than not, I think, they do admit that they try to use natural ingredients “when available.” I’m not sure what that means, so I stick with Seventh Generation. Also, Target carries a brand I’ve never seen anywhere else, but it doesn’t help that I can’t remember the name. I think it’s “Basic” or something really simple like that.

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