Millions of gallons of household water seeps back into the ground after use. This water contains chemicals from bleaches, detergents and synthetic colors and fragrances which threaten the environment. These unnatural substances are not biodegradable and therefore build up in the underground water table and end up contaminating the ecosystem.

It is therefore important to use eco friendly detergents that are bio degradable and safe for the environment. Eco friendly detergents are both safe for the environment and safe for your family. Use plant based detergents that are made from corn, palm kernel or coconut oil, and non-chlorine bleach made from Sodium percarbonate.

The dangerous ingredients to look out for are phosphates, chlorine, butyl cellosolve, petroleum and triclosan. Also avoid fragrances as they contain chemicals called phthalates that are linked to cancer. Phosphates and other synthetic chemicals not only poison and contaminate the environment, but also cause skin irritation and other more serious health risks.

Homemade cleaning solutions such as water mixed with lemon juice or baking soda and vinegar have long proven their effectiveness. For stain removal, soak fabrics in water with either borax, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar. Luckily there is a wide variety of eco friendly detergents available on the market these days for consumers to use.

The impact of contaminants in the water system is serious. The life of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals are affected. From time to time our drinking water has been affected, causing a multitude of problems. Every person should consider the implications of using chemical based cleaners before buying them. In this day and age, people now have a choice.