I wasn’t much of a label reader before I started this project. I would occasionally peruse the fat content or caloric intake of a food just to make sure that I wasn’t setting the wheels in motion for a coronary. As far as cleaning products go, I was literally clueless. I ashamedly admit that I wasn’t even aware that there were ingredient lists on these products until about 15 months ago…
Well, I’m a bit more well-read and the inquisition of labels has become standard operating procedure while shopping. I still consider myself a rook-rook-rookie when it comes to the ingredients, but I have honed my skills well enough to look out for certain “gotta avoid these things”. One such ingredient is “phosphates”.
Phosphates seem to be the ugly elephant is the room when it comes to detergents – laundry and dish. “PHOSPHATE-FREE” is proudly emblazoned on every single eco-conscious detergent and there is good reason for it. Phosphates are used to soften hard water and also aid is suspending dirt and making it easier to remove. The downsides to phosphates are the environmental effects they have once they reach the groundwater. They are difficult to breakdown and readily increase algae growth resulting in large-scale eco-system shifts concerning aquatic life.
It’s a good idea to find phosphate-free detergents, but it’s a hard road to embark on. Why, you ask? Well, see phosphates are the cleaners, the go-getters, stain-fighters and gunk-destroyers in your detergent. I have been through upwards of a dozen dish detergents looking for one that actually cleans our dishes. I’m talking about something that can do the scrubbing I don’t want to do, get the glasses sparkling without needing a heat dry and blasting the most crusted-on berry bits out of the blender.
Guess what? I found it! It’s the Automatic Dishwashing Detergent from GrabGreen. GrabGreen is a company that is focused on creating a variety of household products that boast ingredients that are naturally-derived and eco-friendly. The packaging is both recyclable and made from post-consumer recycled waste. The price tags are affordable, but the cherry on top is the fact that this stuff works. I mean really, really, REALLY works! The dishwashing detergent comes in little pouches that are wrapped in a water-soluble film that’s fully biodegradable. The pre-portioned sizing takes the guesswork out of measuring and scooping and ensures that there is no waste. When the dishes come out clean and sparkly, you won’t be left having to choose between all-natural and phosphate enhanced. GrabGreen makes the decision for you by providing an eco-conscious alternative that works.
GrabGreen has a whole host of nifty household products and one of my favorite things about their entire line is the delicious array of scents. There are few things that are irk me more than companies claiming to be green, but hiding synthetic fragrances inside their products. I am big scents-person and I tend to flip over something that smells divine. GrabGreen has managed to make their dish detergent smell like a fresh-cut orange and their room freshener smell like cut bouquets of lavender dipped in vanilla without using a single drop of fakeness. Each one of their products are scented with essential oils and have a fragrance-free option if that’s more your thing.
If you have been telling yourself to steer clear of phosphate enhanced detergents, but are still frustrated by the lack of cleaning-oomph from phosphate-free – give GrabGreen’s Automatic Dishwashing Detergent a try. And, if you want a house that smells lovely and puts a bit of fun back into cleaning without the use of synthetic fragrances, check out GrabGreen’s extensive line of products. Each one promises to deliver and fits an eco-friendly bill I can stand behind.
- GrabGreen’s Automatic Dishwashing Detergent
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