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Are Concentrated Cleaning Products Better for the Earth?

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Are Concentrated Cleaning Products Better for the Earth?

By Cris Carl, Hometalk

There are few downsides to using concentrated cleaning products, especially if you want to reduce your carbon footprint. The use of concentrated products is generally a money saver, and the environmental effects are even greater.

The benefits of concentrated products boil down to a mathematical equation: If the product is manufactured with less water, less paper, ink and plastic, less ends up in landfills and more space is freed up in shipping. More product can be shipped at a time to distributors and less fuel is needed to move the product. Less fuel being used means fewer emissions in the atmosphere and less greenhouse gas being produced. If you purchase concentrated cleaning products they will last longer, saving you trips to the grocery store or wholesale club.

Other benefits of concentrated detergents

If you remove the water from a cleaning product or detergent, the product actually works better in most cases. With concentrates, you can clean more clothes with less detergent. The bottles take up less space and are easier to handle and carry.  Many new concentrated detergents are being formulated for greater removal of various types of stains and grease. It is important to read the labels and use the suggested amount. You may think you are good at “eyeballing” a measurement, but you may be wasting enough detergent for a load or two of laundry over the life of the bottle. Concentrated detergents also come in varying degrees of concentrate such as 2X or 3X. Again, it is important to read the directions for use carefully.

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4:52AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

thank you

8:13PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

great to know. thanks for sharing.

12:01AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Thank you for info.

12:00AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Thank you for info.

11:59PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thank you for info.

11:41AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Thank you for the informative post.

12:37PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Thanks.

11:00PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Thank you.

8:00AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

For one who walks to get his groceries, I appreciate the compactness of concentrated products.

7:58PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Cleaning products could really be effective for our homes but sometimes the chemicals used could slowly decrease health that may be harmful for everyone. But cleaning products are necessities that are needed for our homes just like in cleaning shower doors from molds and mildew. Yet, if you are a conscious homeowner, there are various natural cleaning products that you could use such as vinegar and water. It saves you a lot of money and also help you save your health and environment.

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