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While I have no clue which one does biodegrade better I'd like to focus on some other life-cycle aspects of liquid soap vs solid bars. But of course it's certain that liquid soaps (need to) contain substances that are simply not required for a bar of soap - such as emulsifying agents. Liquid soap contains added water and is therefore heavier. Transportation ...


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Your assumption seems to be correct -- consuming paper towels demands about eight times more energy than machine-washing and hang-drying reusable rags made from discarded textiles. In order to provide an answer that fits within the character limit, I'm going to focus on energy as the measure with which to compare paper towels against machine-washed rags. ...


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Wash it in a dishwasher once every month or two. I own a Contigo mug, and once had similar problems with the plastic/rubber lid. I found some tips on their website, but ultimately found that if I washed the mug and lid in the dishwasher about once a month, the smell and staining would go away. I don't have a dishwasher, but find that I visit someone who does ...


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Here is a good resource for compounds which can be harmful, although they are more related to health rather than environmental concern. That said, anything which is toxic to humans is likely toxic to other organisms, especially when concentrated and bioamplified. I'll summarize the environmental effects below: The really common ones you hear bad things ...


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I work and attend classes at a University in Florida. Our 100kW system has been installed for more than five years without a single cleaning. I have walked the solar field several times and can confirm that no significant dust has collected. (The angle of inclination is about 27 degrees.) But, Florida rains a lot and that helps keep everything clean. I ...


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I know that tea tree oil is poisonous when ingested, just like you said, but it is also toxic for animals upon contact. It must go into the blood stream by penetrating the skin. Because it exists in the composition of insect-repellents and plant fungicids, I presume that it is toxic to insects too. There are discussions at the European Union parliament as ...


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Not an answer directly, but can make the resource gap wider: I'm similarly concerned about the amount of water used and found that the amount of water used considerably reduced, by making (or probably buying) a drill attachment to spin the roller sleeve. Last time I painted, I bodged something up -the amount of paint flung off was impressive even though my ...


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As you're in the UK, the environmental cost of tap water is pretty low. And given that the alternative is to replace the roller, then although I haven't looked at a full lifecycle analysis, I'd be willing to bet that rinsing the old on is going to have lower impact than buying a new one: materials tend to be quite energy-intensive compared to the energy ...


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Liquid soap can and should be diluted. As with toothpaste, manufacturers profit from consumers inadvertently using too much – often far too much. Dish soap in particular is usually sold explicitly as "concentrated", but the sustainability gain from less bulk is lost unless consumers take great care to use tiny quantities. Dilution is much easier. Packaging ...


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How are you applying the cleaning solutions? The technique is just as important as the ingredients - they need time to work, which may be difficult with a porcelain toilet bowl, as the dimensions and pool of water can interfere with the process. You need the solution to remain on the affected area and not be diluted by the bowl of water - draining the latter ...


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If you don't add additional detergent to your wash (nor do additional wash loads because you believe your cloths come out without being cleaned as well) to compensate for any effects (real, imagined, or otherwise) of the added oils then you cannot be wasting detergent. You are using the same amount of detergent whether you add the essential oils or not. ...


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What's unsatisfactory about the first answer is that it didn't include the same components for both terms being compared, especially the production impact and replacement rate for fabric towels. When someone at TreeHugger made the estimation in this more rigorous way they got a much closer call, with paper towels beating fabrics comfortably in the restaurant ...


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Top-loading impeller and agitator style washing machines (predominant in Asia and the US) generally put more mechanical wear on the laundry than front loading machines (predominant in Europe). The better distinction would be vertical axis (impeller and agitator) and horizontal axis (EU-style front loaders AND horizontal axis top loaders), as the main ...


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It depends on what the soil is. For wiping grease from a pan or an oil spill , I use paper because of the amount of detergent and water necessary to clean a towel for these soils. For cleaning mucus and saliva a towel works well and can be washed at low cost.


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The worse problem with dish soap water in composting medium is the salt which can prevent good composting and arm sensible vegetables once used. Maybe desalinate compost is possible? If your product is said to be "biodegradable", this means its components will be decomposed in reduce time. However, there are various composting environment, I heard for ...


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I had a painful full-body hives reaction to Tea Tree Oil when applied topically. I suppose this was an allergic reaction or some kind of hyper-sensativity. Also, there has been some research indicating tea tree oil is an endocrine disruptor, even when applied topically, which means it has unpredictable effects on the human hormone system. (http://www.nejm....


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Perhaps storing the soap in the refrigerator or freezer will slow the degradation of the soap. I am not familiar with the biodegrading process for BioVert, but in many cases, chilling a material slows the chemical reactions that take place. The soap is designed to biodegrade... It just seems like it's degrading too fast for you.


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I notice that vinegar has been recommended in two other answers. While it is true that acids and the low pH of vinegar are helpful agains mold it should not be applied to all surfaces. Used on various plasterings (typically of a high pH value) the vinegars acid is neutralized and fails in its anti-fungal properties. Isopropyl alcohol is recommended to be ...


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Although this has an accepted answer there is a better way. There is an electrolysis method where water is charged (think hydrogen peroxide) and that is the cleaning solution. The enhanced water leaves no soap or chemical residue as none is used. After cleaning the charge breaks down into oxygen and water, If you don’t believe me take some hydrogen peroxide ...


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If you want commercial products check out Good Guide, they rank products based on ingredient hazards and larger environmental impact. They have an extremely large database and rank things from cleaners to food to makeup.


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