Ever wondered what happens to all the after-wash water or ‘grey water’ that we simply drain from our washing machines? Well the simple answer is that they flow into the sewage system and eventually land up in our rivers, lakes and seas. However, the chemical-rich water that flow into our water systems has far-reaching effects on the aquatic lives. Most detergents contain a high percentage of phosphates that serve as nutrients for algae. This results in overpopulation of algae know as ‘algal bloom’ in large stretches that simply suffocate the other aquatic animals by cutting off Oxygen supply.
Then of course the twin chemicals Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (referred as SLS) present in detergents have been a matter of much concern. Even though SLS have good foaming properties, they have proven pesticidal and herbicidal properties that makes them dangerous for fishes. What is more concerning is the potential for bio-accumalation i.e, the chemicals remain accumulated within the fishes’body and can subsequently be transferred to human body when the fishes are consumed.
Another common Dioxanes, a common chemical in detergents have shown to particularly increase water toxicity. It breaks down very slowly and migrates quickly within an aquifer thus affecting the water quality significantly.
On the other hand BubbleNut Wash contains extracts of soapnuts as the main foaming and cleaning agent. Known as 'saponins', these extracts have excellent cleaning properties and have been used traditionally in many societies. The waste water after doing your laundry with Bubble Nut Wash does not contain any artificial chemicals and can be safely used for watering plants in your garden. When released into rivers and lakes, after-wash waste water does not trouble the aquatic lives. Neither are there phosphates that would encourage algal bloom nor are there SLS that would turn the water toxic. In short there is hardly a detergent that nature will love you more for using!