It's a difficult thing trying to figure out what you can do to scour your raw fleeces without polluting the local watershed. I know that my little bit of Dawn liquid to wash my fleeces isn't that much, but how about when and if I start washing more then just 10 - 12 fleeces a year and what if you extrapolate my environmental impact by 100,000 (very conservative as there are more then 7 billion people on the planet so logically, more then 100,000 use Dawn dish liquid). Well anyway, it got me thinking. I wanted to make a healthy and socially responsible choice (yes I said socially responsible, not environmentally responsible). So I did a bit of research and decided it was time to find an alternative.
Is Dawn safe? Well, to find out I went to the Environmental Working Groups Dawn page...turns out, no, no it's not. Dawn has 0 products that have an A or B rating. And only 15.8% of their products have a C rating...the rest are D and F. I'm not sure I'm even willing to compromise with a C rating, but it turns out the Dawn dish washing liquid I was using has a D rating. Now these ratings, what's the skinny... well the image below is pulled right off the EWG's website and explains it all.
So as you can see, a C rating is moderate concern and D is "high concern." Eep! That's not what I want to be putting in my ground water is it something I wish to be putting in the ground water that my neighbors rely on for their drinking water (this is the socially responsible part).
So the detergent testing began. I decided to just use what I had in the house which left me with 3 cleaners to try (Ecover 0 laundry detergent, Ecover 0 dish soap, and Soap Nuts liquid). In case you are curious here is the EWG sheet on Ecover and the website for Eco Nuts.
In the image above, you will see 4 different covered containers. The one on the left is the Eco Nuts trial, the one with the pink top is the Ecover Zero Dish Soap and the two on the right are the Ecover Zero Laundry Detergent. In the image below you will see how the fiber came out after washing.
After handling all the different fibers after washing and watching the washing process, I[m the most happy with the Ecover Zero Landry Detergent. It did a really nice job and the handle of the dry wool was a little better then the dish soap.
I have another scour on the way that is environmentally responsible. It is really important to me not to pollute my water supply and the washer I use to process my wool drains into the ground (grey water). I will add to the review when I check out the new scour, which is normally way out of my price range but was on over 50% off sale from a store on Amazon.
Hi there, Wysteria here. I will be writing as regularly as possible on behalf of my family and regarding our adventures in farming, food, health and things of the like. My interest range widely and my brain wanders far. Namaste.