Opinion: – Good
Price: – 2 kg – about R68-00
Phosphates are a nutrient that are essential to plant life and found naturally in the environment. They are meant to soften the water, but as this is not a problem that we have in South Africa, we do not need phosphates to be added to our detergents. In excess they cause major water pollution and can cause the algae and weeds to grow excessively, causing what is known as toxic algal bloom. This growth depletes the water of oxygen causing the fish and animals to die. It can also cause what is known as blue-green algae to grow, with this algae being extremely toxic, as it gives off a type of cyanide. There is an interesting video to watch about this on Youtube.
I have been using this washing powder for some time now and will continue to do so. I mainly use it on my bulk washing, i.e. darker loads, bedding etc. On white washing I would recommend pre-treating collars, cuffs and general marks, but otherwise it is quite adequate. It is reasonably priced, working out a little cheaper than some of the other green ones. I am going to try the EcoSoft Powerwash 2 in 1 next. I am not sure of the price of this, but will keep you posted.
You may be interested to know that phospates are banned in some of the states in the US, and EU. Some other useful links are:-