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Check out the Natural Home Guide from our friend’s at Vine.com! Find room-by-room tips and product suggestions, so you can create a comfortable, inviting and happy natural home of your own. Use less detergent, less water, and less energy with Dropps in the laundry room!

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Dropps laundry detergent pacs are biodegradable, phosphate-free, enzyme-free, chlorine-free, and safe for septic tanks. The simple switch from giant jug detergent to Dropps laundry detergent pacs immediately shrinks the footprint you leave behind on the
environment by cutting down on water, plastic, packaging and transportation.

Dropps® has teamed up with TerraCycle® to create an innovative recycling solution for its packaging, making Dropps a 100% zero waste liquid laundry detergent. TerraCycle converts the Dropps pouch material into unique products. For each empty Dropps pouch received, your collection location will earn two TerraCycle points that can be converted to cash for the charity or school of your choice. Shipping the empty pouches back to TerraCycle is free. Sign up for the Dropps Laundry Detergent Pouch Brigade today!

Have you made the switch?

If you’ve seen an advertisement for a laundry detergent product claiming to have incredible brightening capabilities, keep reading.

It’s no secret that one of the most common battles in the laundry biz is centered on creating a superior cleaning and brightening detergent, but are there any costs?

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Luminescent Line Drying Laundry Installation by Li-Hsin Wang

Optical brighteners—factually known as synthetic chemicals—are designed to create the illusion that fabrics are cleaner by reducing the natural yellowing that occurs over time. By absorbing ultraviolet light and emitting it as blue visible light, clothes appear brighter and carry the highly desired glow we all seek—unless, you’re in

Unfortunately, these detergent additives remain on both clothing and skin post-wash, leaving behind a not-so-fresh residue. For those of you with sensitive skin, the possibility of irritation and/or an allergic reaction is likely, especially if for a baby.

As for your daily wear, if you’ve ever encountered a stiff, starchy residue when your fabrics dry naturally— voilà! Chances are the “crunch” is the aftermath of these optical brighteners. One should never take for granted the “fluff” provided by his/her dryer: When using optical brighteners, they come quite handy!

We at Dropps can’t forget that optical brighteners are also harmful to the environment, as components of a non-readily biodegradable product. Proven to cause mutations in bacteria, these chemicals are toxic to aquatic life once washed away into our water systems. Dropps leaves out optical brighteners in favor of a gentle, respectful formula that retains fiber strength, softness and brightness.

So listen up consumers: We are urging you to stay informed!

Clean wisely and as always, happy washing!

The laundry biz can seem overwhelming: Fibers, and enzymes, and stains—oh my!

But luckily, we here at Dropps would like to fill you in on an interesting tidbit that has been well-known by our staff for years. If you’ve ever noticed a “Biological” or “Non-Biological” label on your laundry detergent, consider yourself ahead of the curve.

Seen most commonly in the UK, the difference between “Bio” and “Non-Bio” labeled detergents is indicative of a basic, fundamental question for laundry-goers: What is my laundry detergents purpose?

Some of you might say, “To remove stains, of course!” Others might have a different perspective and answer, “To freshen my clothes when I so desire!” The truth is, both claims are valid and accurately depict the main difference between “Bio” and “Non-Bio” detergents—but what are the details? What are the ingredients? What are the impacts?

If you’re a consumer who bases their purchases on reviews from publications like Consumer Reports, remember to consider the variable factors. To date, many publications base reviews solely on stain fighting abilities; they don’t account for the affects of those products if used continuously, nor do they mention what the alternative can provide.

Let’s take a step back and offer some food for thought.

In the most basic of explanations, biological detergents are those containing enzymes, used for stain fighting purposes. Intended to break down protein, starches and fat in strong, common stains such as food, sweat and mud, “bio” detergents have the ability to operate effectively in lower temperatures in comparison to non-bio detergents. Sounds promising, doesn’t it?

Perhaps it’s important to consider the affects of using enzymes—which can break down cloth fibers and cause adverse reactions for individuals with sensitive skin. So what’s the alternative?  

What most consumers should consider, is balancing the use of biological detergents with non-biological detergents. Think about it: Does everyday laundry need a stain fighter?

Non-biological detergents are gentle on fibers and kinder to the skin. A helpful solution to the allergy-prone, “non-bio” detergents freshen clothes without any additives that may unnecessarily compromise the quality of your garments.

The next time you’re ready to toss a load in, choose wisely!

As proud supporters of the laundry-sphere, we here at Dropps urge consumers to be knowledgeable about which products they choose to bring into their homes, because one thing is certain: There will be no shortage of options!

For more information on the ingredients found in our Dropps formula, check out our FAQ section on our website, www.dropps.com!

A funny thing happened on the way to the laundry room. We quickly discovered the whole Dropps movement is great for the planet. Inside, the eco-friendly laundry formula has been approved by the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program, which recognizes formulas with safer chemistry. We have also removed all of the water from the formula making it so concentrated that we can put the liquid detergent in a water soluble film. The formula itself is 100% biodegradable, and the detergent is enzyme-free, NPE-free, chlorine-free, phthalate-free, phosphate-free, and safe for septic tanks.

Outside, by putting the detergent in pre-measured pacs we are able to ditch the detergent jug entirely thereby reducing the plastic used in packaging the product and the energy that goes into shipping it. For example,  if we compare Dropps with traditional laundry detergent, the same amount of wash loads can be shipped in 1 truck carrying Dropps versus 3 trucks carrying traditional jug detergent. The space reduction extends into the home. Since the product is so lightweight and space efficient, it takes up much less space and is inexpensive to ship.

We’ve taken this one step further and teamed up with TerraCycle® to create an innovative recycling solution for its packaging, making Dropps a 100% zero waste liquid laundry detergent. TerraCycle converts the Dropps pouch material into unique products. For each empty Dropps pouch received, your collection location will earn two TerraCycle points that can be converted to cash for the charity or school of your choice. Shipping the empty pouches back to TerraCycle is free. Sign up for the Dropps Laundry Detergent Pouch Brigade today! 

Looking for an all natural bleach to blast stains and yellowing on white clothes? Look no further than the sun! Hang your whites outside on a clothesline instead of tossing them in the washer after your normal wash cycle and those stains will disappear. Air drying your clothing has the added benefit of eliminating the energy required to run your dryer. Do you use a clothesline to air dry your laundry?

Dropps laundry detergent pacs are approved by the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program which recognizes products with safer chemistry.

Remember, Dropps are phosphate-free, chlorine-free and NPE-free, too! And talk about a smaller footprint! We use less water, use way less plastic, take up less space, cost much less to ship and leave tremendously less mess in our landfills. You’ll agree… every pac counts!

And to think, we started out trying to save some clothes… and it looks like we’re helping to save something even larger.

Some frequently asked questions from the EPA’s website: 

Why does EPA label products?

EPA’s mission is to protect the health of people and the environment. To further that mission, EPA labels products so that consumers can easily choose ones that are safer for people and the environment.  The program empowers consumers to protect their health and minimize impact on the environment through everyday purchasing decisions.  Using EPA’s chemical and toxicological expertise, the Design for the Environment program applies stringent criteria for health and environmental safety in labeling products with the safest possible chemical ingredients.

What does the Design for Environment label mean?

When consumers see the Design for the Environment (DfE) label on a product, they can be confident that the ingredients have been through a rigorous EPA review.  The label means that EPA scientists have evaluated every ingredient in the product to ensure it meets DfE’s stringent criteria. When people use Design for the Environment-labeled products they are protecting their families and the environment by making safer chemical choices.

Do Design for the Environment-labeled products work well?

Yes, in addition to meeting stringent safety criteria, every product with the Design for the Environment label has met high standards for performance.

(via EPA DfE)