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.