Washing clothes was never easy. Ancient people used to beat their clothes and use sand to scrub then clean. They even used ashes mixed with animal fat to serve as their soap as they washed their clothes in streams. Centuries ago, people hand washed their clothes in many different ways. Then, the scrub board made scrubbing a bit easier in 1797. In 1851, the first hand-powered drum washing machine by James King was patented. Hamilton Smith brought upon the rotary washing machine in 1858. It was in 1908 that Chicago’s Hurley Washing Machine was invented. This was the electric-powered Thor, invented by Alva J. Fisher. We will also discuss in further detail the impact this revolution has had on laundry soaps and the invention of sand mound safe laundry soaps. It is always a good idea to consult a septic professional to best determine the safest laundry detergents for your system.
Through the years, as it evolved with the dynamic demands of consumers, the washing machine has proven it indispensability. Time and money were saved since the washing machine was used. What used to be hours of laundry became only minutes and until this very day, everything is made easier and faster by more modern washing machines. With the development of washing machines same the development of the laundry detergent. It was Proctor & Gamble that invented the laundry detergent. The researchers there discovered the synthetic surfactants that lifted grime from clothes and suspended them in water so that they won’t stick back to the clothes again. Dreft was their initial product and from then on, laundry detergents made the scene.
These days, when washing machines are often connected to the septic system, laundry detergents should be given more attention. For those who have more sensitive systems like the sand mound septic systems, the laundry detergents should be concentrated, liquid, low or no surfactants, and low or no phosphates. For the conventional sand mounds, the sand mound safe laundry detergent should be liquid so that there will be no residue that will clog the system. It should be concentrated so that only a small amount would be needed to do the job, thus lessening the amount of surfactants that will enter the sand mound. Surfactants and phosphates are chemical compounds that are always present in ordinary laundry detergents. They are responsible for removing dirt and stains, keeping them away from the clothes. But even if the laundry detergents have very little surfactants and phosphates, they still do harm to the environment. Surfactants target the gills of the fishes in water systems and stop them from absorbing the oxygen from the water. Phosphates bring forth eutrophication wherein the dissolved oxygen in the water is completely consumed by the algae. Phosphates encourage the excessive growth of the algae (too much algae leads to oxygen depletion). Because of these compounds, the water systems become dead zones.
If you have an aerated sand mound system, you have to choose powdered laundry detergents to decrease the amount of suds in the aeration chamber. It is best for you to purchase sand mound safe laundry detergents that are biodegradable do that the environment is kept safe as you clean your clothes. The following are some recommended brands that you could review:
Ecover Wool Wash Laundry Liquid
Healthy Living Fresh Laundry Concentrate
Ultra Citra-Suds Natural Laundry Detergent
Seventh Generation Laundry Liquid
Charlie’s Soap Laundry Detergent
Earth Friendly Laundry Products
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
Arm & Hammer
Naturally Yours Laundry Detergent
Bi-O-Kleen Laundry Powder
Cal Ben Seafoam Laundry Soap
Country Save Laundry Products
Mountain Green Ultra Laundry Liquid
Ecover Ultra Washing Powder
Mrs. Meyers Laundry Detergent
Ecover Liquid Laundry Wash Detergent
Planet Ultra Liquid or Powdered Laundry
Seventh Generation Laundry Powder
Sodasan Soap Washing Powder
Oxy Prime Laundry Detergent
Restore Laundry Detergent
Check with your septic expert so that you may best determine the safest laundry detergents for your sand mound system. Also keep updated with new products that may be better than what you’re using now.