I am diverting laundry water and oxygen bleach with plant compatible soaps.
asked 30 November 2016 asked by nancyelizabethsaltsman (330 points)
Thank you! Thank you for being aware of the laundry water and the oxygenated bleach being a potential concern. Many people, even those who are fully conscious of what they put into the wastewater system, don’t think about it at this level. So I, for one, applaud your efforts. So what we’re talking about here is managing greywater. Laundry isn’t blackwater – that comes from the toilet and the kitchen sink. That means your best solution here to seek out detergents and bleaches that have ingredients in them that would be biodegradable. They might also be called “biocompatible.” Sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen are all good ingredients. Then there is the list of ingredients that you would want to try to avoid when it comes to detergents, bleaches, soaps, and the like. Borax, sodium, anything that says “sodium” in the ingredient name, chlorine bleach, peroxygen, petroleum distillates, titanium or chromium oxide, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, biological enzymes, antibacterial soaps or cleaners, and alkylbenzene. If the product says that it is a “whitener” or a “softener,” then it is best to avoid the product. That covers the laundry detergents. What I would recommend personally using instead of bleach, including Stain Solver, is hydrogen peroxide. Don’t get me wrong – bleach kills stuff. The only problem is that it is also a residual product. Put bleach into your laundry and the residuals that get left behind on the clothing can be absorbed into your skin. And that’s BEFORE it even becomes a wastewater issue. Just 8 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, the stuff you can find in virtually every store, will whiten clothes just like bleach does.