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Is Your Utensil Bar Environmentally Friendly? How to Check?

Using a utensil bar to clean utensils is the most common practice in the world, and most of us prefer to buy a utensil bar from the market. Only a few of us has the time or inclination to create it at home (which is quite easy when you think about it). When buying a utensil bar, our top priority is to save money, and this is the reason we buy combo packs or prefer brands that sell it cheap.

If you are nodding your head in agreement, then you should know that picking just any utensil bar from the shelf is not correct. You should stop and think about the eco-friendliness of the bar and know about the ingredients used to create it. Why? It’s because chemically-laced utensil bars can harm your skin, promote allergies, make you vulnerable to cancers and worse of all, lead to reproductive issues.

Another reason to check the environment-friendliness of your utensil bar is your responsibility towards the society. When the chemical ridden water goes down the drain, it can find its way to not only the sewage system but the waterways as well. It can further threaten the marine life and lead to illness or death of water creatures.

What’s Next?

It is hoped that you have realized the importance of environment-friendly utensil bars and you are considering checking the utensil bars at your home for their environmental friendliness. If so, you should follow the below-mentioned steps

  • Check the Ingredient List

The first thing you need to do is to check the ingredient list of the utensil soap. It would be good if the ingredient list is short and consists of effective and environment-friendly options like water, vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. Some ingredients you need to avoid are phosphates, triethanolamine, Diethanolamine as they are quite harmful.

  • Remember the Keywords

The next thing you need to do is to ensure that the package of utensil bar has some vital keywords like biodegradable, chlorine-free, non-toxic, no synthetic fragrances, powered with enzymes, mineral-based ingredients, and hypoallergenic.

  • Look for Official Seals of Certification

It is also a smart idea to look for official seals of certifications and approvals to ensure that the utensil bar meets the standards set by the government. For example, In India, the Department of Consumer Affairs can attest the quality of utensil bars and help protect consumer interests.

  • Keep an Eye Out for Fishy Words

Many manufacturers of utensil bars try to outsmart the customers by using terms like “cleaning agent,” “surfactant” or “preservatives.” If you see such words on a utensil bar’s packaging, it would be good to avoid the product because lack of hazard-related data means that the manufacturer doesn’t want to disclose what chemicals and other harmful elements, they are putting in the product.

Think of your health and environment the next time you are in the market to shop for a utensil bar.  

 

Divya Patwal

VOICE