For some reason, Thursday is always the day that I start in on the loads of laundry. Because I use the soak feature and, when weather permits, partially dry clothes on a rack, laundry “day” usually extends over several. At least I don’t have to beat them on a rock down at the river. Of course, if I did, I wouldn’t want to use a product that contained dodecyl benzene or some other nasty! Not to mention, Procter & Gamble isn’t exactly anything less than a global multinational enterprise.
So what exactly do we entrust our delicate underthings and our more important Skagit River to? Surprisingly, there are many options made right here in Washington state.
One such option is the various offerings from the Bi-O-Kleen company of Vancouver, WA. They have everything for laundry from liquid to powder to oxygen bleach products. I’ve found the whole range of Bi-O-Kleen cleanser offerings at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.
Of course, if you’re not a co-op member (and why not?), you can find Country Save
laundry detergent and oxygen bleach at your local grocery store. I’ve even seen it up here at Albert’s Red Apple where the selection isn’t anything like the big Downriver stores.
The Country Save Corporation is even closer since it’s headquartered in Arlington! (I have an email out to the president to find out where manufacturing occurs, if not there.) They make laundry detergents – liquid and powder, dishwashing liquid and a general all purpose cleaner. The laundry products are safe for HE machines.
Since all our waste water goes into our septic tank, I am very careful about what goes down the drain. Of course, we also have to have the awareness that whatever goes into the septic tank and the drainfield also might end up in our well or the river. We should always work to preserve our most precious resource.