Organic Washing Powder India

I was happy with my washing detergents  till I learnt about organic washing powders .

Now I am so shocked with what I found that I need to let you guys know what I found.

See my research is not something you should blindly go by.

After reading this post please do your own research … and if something doesn’t add up or you find truth in what I have found, come back and leave me a yay or a nayy.

That comes to the first question I had in mind …

What is organic washing powder ?

Organic washing powders are made from natural products which have been grown organically. That is the produce has been grown on land which  has not been treated with pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides .

Why you should use organic washing powder?

Popular brands we use to wash our clothes are full of chemicals. Let us take a quick look at what are usually found in popular detergent powders brands in India.

I just took the ingredient list from a brand I use and this is what is there in it.

 Shocker … your detergent also has this stuff 

Surfactants

These reduce surface tension and help water penetrate through to the clothes. These pollute the environment and are a health hazard.

Chlorine

Chlorine can be found in some detergents. Some detergent companies will call them by other names such as “sodium hypochlorite” or “hypochlorite”.

However they are called these are harmful.

Water Softeners

Sodium carbonate

What do they mean slightly toxic, did you know this is super harmful for kids?

Sodium carbonate is only slightly toxic, but large doses may be corrosive to the gastro-intestinal tract where symptoms may include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, collapse and death. Skin Contact: Excessive contact may cause irritation with blistering and redness.

Src: https://www.atmos.umd.edu/~russ/MSDS/sodium_carbonate_anhydrous.htm

Sodium aluminoslicate

I dont understand why they use non toxic and skin hazard in the same sentence. This is bad news and can be harmful if you are sensitive.

Sodium silicates are non-flammable, non-explosive, and non-toxic. They are, however, alkaline materials and pose hazards to the skin and eyes. The physiological effects of contact vary with the alkalinity of the silicate involved, and range from causing irritation to causing chemical burns.
Src: https://www.oxy.com/OurBusinesses/Chemicals/ResponsibleCare/Documents/Liquid%20Sodium%20Silicates.pdf

Processing aids

Sodium sulfate

Last month I had such a severe eye itching case. I stopped using soaps and used less detergent. I did not know that detergent could cause it but I was suspicious.

Sodium sulfate – Hazardous in case of eye contact (irritant). Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation.

Src: http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9927278

Perfume

These are known to cause skin allergies. I know it is bad bcos I love fresh smelling clothes. I would literally pick up a detergent if it smelled great. Little did I know it was so harmful.

Phosphates

As per these two reports detergents used to have phosphates but now they have been banned.

But they have not been banned from dishwasher detergents. Why have they not taken it out. This will go directly into our stomach. That is so harmful.

How does this industry work?

Why are they playing with us like this? I always wonder if they know the ingredients are so harmful how can they sleep at night selling them to us.

I know ethics versus feeding family..

Seventeen states banned phosphates from dishwasher detergents because the chemical compounds also pollute lakes, bays and streams. They create algae blooms and starve fish of oxygen.

Src: https://www.npr.org/2010/12/15/132072122/it-s-not-your-fault-your-dishes-are-still-dirty

Modern laundry detergents no longer contain phosphates due to a ban passed in 1993. The law, however, did not apply to dishwasher detergents, many of which still contain phosphates; some states are moving to ban (or at least limit) phosphates in such detergents.

Src: https://www.hunker.com/12000276/what-detergent-has-a-high-phosphate-level

Best natural laundry detergent reviews

Here are some laundry detergents which I found to be organic and thought you might be interested in checking them out.

Laundry Detergents come in Powder and Liquid form as well as a soap bar.

Powder versus Liquid Detergent

I would recommend using powder versus liquid. This is because the moment we make it a liquid, we need to make it last ( not spoil).

So then we need to introduce a preservative, now preservative how much ever they are safe, I feel they will harm us in some way as well as the environment.

Wild Ideas Laundry Powder

This is ecofriendly, handmade and biodegradable. It is made from 100% organic soap berries ( certified) and also contains lemon in it.

It is good for gently cleansing, leaves no residue and removes tough stains.

How to use

Just put one tablespoon in a cloth bag or pouch and keep it securely in the soap dispenser. Try not to add it directly to the washing machine drum. The clothes should come out looking fresh and clean.

Try Wild Ideas washing powder and do come back and leave a review here on what you think about it.

 Liquid Detegents

Sometimes it might not be practical to use a powder form for washing clothes. Also biodegradable organic detergents usually work better in warm water.

In some detergents warm water is required to release saponin. My washing machine has no hot water connection. For me a liquid works better, though yes I am still worried about the preservatives.

BubbleNut Wash Soapnut Laundry Liquid

This detergent comes in liquid form which can be added to the washing machine or you can use it to handwash the clothes.
You dont need to add too much of this liquid, just a little. If you feel the clothes are not clean as you think they should be, just add more in next round.

Try Bubblenut Wash Soapnut Laundry Liquid and come back and let me know how it works for you.

 

Krya Natural Detergent Powder

Krya detergent powder is made up of herbs and essential oils. The main ingredient is soap nuts or reetha. It is in powdered form. I had tested the scented version and your can read my Krya detergent review and watch the video where I test it.

What I like is that it is totally herbal, anti fungal detergent. Not only that this detergent is ecofriendly and bio degradabale.

How to use

Add 1 tablespoon of powder in the small cotton bag they have provided. Add it to the washing machine and let the cycle finish. Dry the cotton bag ( empty any herb bits if you want – I haven’t emptied it ).

Try Krya detergent powder and share your experience.

Best organic washing powder

For me best is totally natural.

Eco friendly Organic Natural Detergent – Laundry Soap

I love the concept of having a detergent or a liquid soap but nothing beats the original. These are soap nuts, or soap berries also called reetha, kunkudukaya.

They are native to India, Nepal and Indonesia and this is what was always there at our home till the detergent trend took over. Now we are in the reverse process of finding back our roots so to speak..

Anyways these soap berries are all natural and organic. You can find non organic berries for much less but organic berries are certified, they have the guarantee that they are pesticide and pollutant free ( hence the cost).

If you think these are costly, you can use them only to wash kids clothes.

Another advantage of using these soap berries is that they are pet friendly too. Once the berries lose their strength just use them as compost.

You can reuse the berries to make a house hold all purpose spray.

Try soap berries and let me know your experience.

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