What Is The Difference Between A Biological And Non-biological Washing Powder ?

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Biological washing powder is thought of as being better at removing stains but can be a little harsher on the skin. It contains enzymes which break down stains and dirt whilst in the wash. The enzymes may be artificially created, particularly in the washing powers that are specifically formed to remove deep, dried in stains. As it is effective at removing stains, it can also fade colours quite quickly as it strips out the dye in your clothes. A non-biological washing powder does not contain these enzymes and this is the major difference. It is softer on the skin and often preferred for those who have sensitive skin and for babies and young children.

Both washing powders have a negative effect and impact upon the environment but for different reasons. The enzymes contained in a biological washing powder may take longer to disperse within the environment, but as the chemicals are washed away down the drain, they inevitably end up back in our waters and can have an impact on aquatic life. Non-biological washing powder may be gentler to the environment in terms of chemicals being released into our water, but the temperatures for washing can often needs to be considerably higher than that of biological washing powder in order to achieve the same results. This uses more electricity and water and this also has an environmental impact.
Liquid washing products are actually kinder to the environment as they are more compact so use less packaging and therefore take up less from while in transit. The environmental effects of actually producing liquid washing products are also less, so whenever possible, it is best to use these liquid washing products. You can use them with your machine at low temperatures and they often come in concentrate bottles now so you can use less and it works out as better value for money.
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A biological washing powder contains enzymes which break down stains and dirt whilst in the wash.  A non-biological washing powder does not contain these enzymes and this is the major difference.

Sometimes the enzymes may be artificially created so that they are more able to remove stains, particularly ones which are very deep and dried on to the fabric.  

Some people with very sensitive skin may find it better to use a non-biological powder, although this may not be as effective at getting rid of stains !  

In terms of the environmental impact, neither system is perfect.  Whilst the enzymes contained in a biological wash powder may take longer to disperse within the environment, the temperatures for washing can be lower than for a non-biological powder.  The non-bio powder could take a higher temperature to do the same wash, which uses more electricity and water and this also has an environmental impact.

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