What is in your detergent?

Ever wonder what the ingredients in your detergent are? Well, we looked at the ingredient list at the back of Rockin Green and deciphered them. So here they are in the order that they are listed:

Sodium Carbonate (also known as washing soda or soda ash) Sodium carbonate is domestically well known for its everyday use as a water softener. It can be extracted from the ashes of many plants. In domestic use, it is used as a water softener during laundry. It competes with the ions magnesium and calcium in hard water and prevents them from bonding with the detergent being used. Without using washing soda, additional detergent is needed to soak up the magnesium and calcium ions.

Sodium Percarbonate It is used in some eco-friendly cleaning products and as a laboratory source of anhydrous hydrogen peroxide. Sodium percarbonate is produced industrially by reaction of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide, followed by crystallization. Sodium percarbonate is an oxidizing agent and ingredient in a number of home and laundry cleaning products, including bleach products such asOxiClean and Tide laundry detergent. It contains no phosphorus or nitrogen. Dissolved in water, it yields a mixture of hydrogen peroxide (which eventually decomposes to water and oxygen) and sodium carbonate ("soda ash")

Natural Chelating Agents: Water is made "hard" by the presence of calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese metal ions. These metal ions interfere with the cleaning ability of detergents. The metal ions act like dirt and "use up" the surfactants, making them unavailable to act on the surface we want to clean.

A chelating agent (pronounced keelating from the Greek word claw) combines itself with these disruptive metal ions in the water. The metal ions are surrounded by the claw-like chelating agent which alters the electronic charge of the metal ions from positive to negative. This makes it impossible for the metal ions to be precipitated with the surfactants. Thus, chelated metal ions remain tied up in solution in a harmless state where they will not use up the surfactants.

Some common chelating agents used in industrial cleaning compounds include phosphates, EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra acetate), sodium citrate, and zeolite compounds. Household cleaning agents, such as laundry soap, used phosphate type chelating agents heavily in the 1950's and 60's. In the 1970's, phosphate bans were imposed because phosphates entered back into the environment unchanged through sewerage works and caused oxygen depletion in waterways. Luckily, alternative chelating agents like EDTA have been developed as phosphate substitutes. ROCKING GREEN IS PHOSPHATE FREE.

Sodium sulfate: Sodium sulfate is mainly used for the manufacture of detergents and in the Kraft process of paper pulping. About two-thirds of the world's production is from mirabilite, the natural mineral form of the decahydrate, and the remainder from by-products of chemical processes such as hydrochloric acid production. Common use is as filler in powdered home laundry detergents

Biodegradable surfactants: A surfactant is the most important part of any cleaning agent. The word surfactant is short for "Surface Active Agent." In general, they are chemicals that, when dissolved in water or another solvent, orient themselves at the interface (boundary) between the liquid and a solid (the dirt we are removing), and modify the properties of the interface. a surfactant can be considered biodegradable "if the product will break down and decompose into by-products found in nature in a short period of time."

Natural fragrance (if scented): "natural fragrances" could include herbal infusions, tinctures, isolated parts of essential oils, etc

Rockin Green detergent is safe for you and the environment. Rockin' Green is: Dye free, Comes in several yummy scents (an unscented version for sensitive skin), No fillers, No enzymes or optical brighteners, 100% Phosphate free, Vegan, and great for sensitive skin!

Of course, we have no idea what amounts of each are in each bag. We leave that up to the guru's at Rockin Green! My diapers are so soft and are funk-free now that we switched to using Rockin Green for all of our laundry. I even use it in the dishwasher with surprisingly amazing results.

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