This giveaway is now closed. See who won here.
I’ve been washing our clothes in cold water for what feels like forever. And I line dry clothing when I can.
Just doings these two simple things can have a noticeable impact on your wallet and the environment.
But I’ve never given much thought to what’s in my laundry detergent and what kind of effect that can have on the world around me.
It turns out that all of the conventional detergents I’ve been using (I use whatever I can get for free or cheap) contain optical brighteners, which can cause allergic reactions, are toxic to small fish and other aquatic life, and can pollute your waterways.
When ultraviolet light hits optical brighteners coating your clothing, the brighteners convert UV rays into visible light to create an optical illusion. This tricks the eye into thinking the clothing is whiter and brighter, and therefore cleaner than it really is.
Seventh Generation invited me to see the truth for myself. I took two identical organic cotton shirts and washed one in a conventional liquid laundry detergent that contains optical brighteners and the other in Seventh Generation liquid laundry detergent which does not use optical brighteners.
Now, photography is not my strong suit, so the picture below is not mine. (It came from Seventh Generation.) But when I used a black light to check out the difference between the two shirts, I was amazed to see something that looked a lot like this:
The shirt washed in the conventional laundry detergent that contains optical brighteners glows under the black light. The shirt washed with Seventh Generation, which does not contain optical brighteners did not.
It really made me think about what is in my laundry detergent and how clean my clothing really is after it comes out of the wash. It made me think about what chemicals are touching my family’s skin and what’s being washed down the drain.
The Seventh Generation detergent did a great job cleaning our clothing and I like that it didn’t have any scent to it. I also like that Seventh Generation liquid laundry detergents are hypo-allergenic and biodegradable.
And now I’d like to give you a chance to try Seventh Generation laundry products for yourself!
One lucky winner will receive a bottle of Seventh Generation 2x Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent, Natural Liquid Fabric Softener, and Natural Fabric Softener Sheets.
To enter this giveaway, please fill out the form below:
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This giveaway is open to all US residents ages 18 and older and will end at 8 p.m. CST on Sunday, November 21, 2010. Only one entry per person allowed. The e-mail addresses I collect in this giveaway will only be used to contact you if you are a winner and will never be publicized.
I will randomly select a winner from all of the entries received. I will then notify the winner by e-mail and announce it here at Northern Cheapskate. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or I’ll draw a new winner.
While you’re welcome to comment on this post, please note that comments are not considered a valid entry. You must fill out the form to enter!
And if you’re already a fan of Seventh Generation, be sure to grab this $1 off coupon.Disclosure: Seventh Generation and MyBlogSpark sent me 2 test t-shirts, a black light, and a collection of Seventh Generation laundry products and offered the prizes for this giveaway. Please know that the opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine and were not edited by Seventh Generation or MyBlogSpark. Please read my full disclosure policy for more info.