Both dishwashing and laundry detergent can be bad for the environment. They both have a number of chemicals in them and end up being washed out of drains into water supplies and that can have a deleterious effect on the ecosystem. One example is that many dishwashing detergents contain phosphate – it’s a naturally occurring substance, but if too much of it gets into waterways, algae and phytoplankton feed on it and reproduce in massive numbers; causing an algal bloom. Algal blooms block out sunlight and cause oxygen imbalances in a body of water; and as a result kill off other species.
Chemicals found in detergents and other cleaning products can also be harmful to the health of users. Researchers have linked certain chemicals in everyday cleaners to illnesses such as allergies, asthma, cancer, and reproductive concerns. These diseases do not occur rapidly or from a single use, but rather the prolonged and repeated exposure to small amounts of the toxins over the years from inhaling. absorbing, or consuming them. Thus, human health is another reason why using environmentally-safe cleaners is important.
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