The Ultimate Green Laundry Detergent Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

If you are interested in going green with your laundry detergent, you can either buy an eco-friendly product or make your own. Either way, you will be doing your share in reducing the amount of harmful chemicals released into the environment. Check out our quiz and find out how you can help save our planet.

Commercial brand detergents use _____ ingredients.

Though detergent manufacturers often claim their detergents are natural and fresh, most commercial brand detergents use synthetic ingredients that pollute your clothes, home and the environment.

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Who needs to take definitive steps to protect American families from harmful chemicals?

Since the legislation needed to remove harmful chemicals from the market is slow in coming, it is up to the American consumer to stop using detergents, fabric softeners and bleach to create a sustainable future for their family.

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Which of the following is an ingredient of typical laundry detergents?

Typical laundry detergents are a potentially dangerous mix of surfactants, enzymes, fragrances and petroleum-derived elements.

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What alternative do you have to typical laundry detergents?

If you would like to go green with your laundry detergent, you can either make your own or buy one of the eco-friendly products on the market.

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What do eco-friendly laundry detergents often use as a greener water softener?

Eco-friendly laundry products substitute greener compounds for more toxic ones. They use soda ash and borax as a water softener, a coconut-base as a surfactant and sodium gluconate and sorbitol as a natural anti-redeposition agent.

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_____ produce the bubbles in your washing machine when you use laundry detergent to wash your clothes.

Surfactants produce the bubbles in your washing machine when you use laundry detergent to wash your clothes. Among the potentially harmful surfactants are alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), diethanolamine, triethanolamine, monoethanolamine and Quaternium-15.

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Artificial fragrances are usually made from:

Artificial fragrances are usually made from petroleum and they are used in laundry detergent to give the illusion of natural scents. They don’t break down, which makes them extremely toxic to your health and to the environment.

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Phosphates are used in detergents to soften:

Phosphates are used in detergents to soften water. Phosphates are dangerous, because they can cause algae to grow in lakes and ponds that can suffocate aquatic plants and animals.

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Which eco-friendly product can you use to get your clothes really white?

Use hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine bleach to get your clothes really white. There are also eco-products that use a non-chlorine bleach powder.

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Always use _____ water when washing your clothes.

Always wash your clothes in cold water, since 80 percent of the energy used is consumed in heating the water. Your clothes will still get clean in cold water, it will save you money and it's good for the environment.

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