There is nothing like putting on a freshly laundered garment after a refreshing shower. What exactly goes on when your clothes are swirling about in the washing machine? The answer lies in the powers of laundry detergent. Take this quiz to learn why.
How many loads of laundry does the average American household do a year?
According to The Wall Street Journal, the average American household does about 300 loads of laundry a year.
Surfactant stands for a surface active agent, which means it is a chemical able to connect to two different types of molecules at the same time. This explains its ability to clean; one side attaches to the dirt and the other to water, pulling the dirt away from the material.
What is more effective for removing mites and mite allergens from clothing?
Laundry detergent is more effective.
Water is more effective.
They are equally effective.
When it comes to removing mites and mite allergens, water is just as effective as laundry detergent, because mites are water soluble. This is good news for allergy sufferers who are also sensitive to chemicals.
The chemicals in the detergents deteriorate the fabric.
The water deteriorates the fabric.
The rubbing of the clothes against one and other during the agitation cycle deteriorates the fabric.
It is debatable whether the chemicals in laundry detergents break down the fabric. More likely, it is the rubbing of the clothes against one and other during the agitation cycle that deteriorates the fabric.
What is the carbon footprint of laundry detergent per year?
120 pounds per family (54.5 kilograms)
240 pounds per family (109 kilograms)
480 pounds per family (218 kilograms)
Carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon dioxide produced when manufacturing, shipping and using a product. It is estimated that the carbon footprint for laundry detergent for the average American family is 480 pounds a year.