Seven Ways to Make Doing Your Laundry “Greener”
With business gas and electricity costs going up, going green is not only environmentally responsible, but it saves money as well! Doing your laundry uses loads of energy and can pollute the environment, so wouldn’t it be great if you could make doing the laundry “greener”?
Well, you can! Here are seven tips to help get you started;
1. Use Cool Water
Most modern laundry detergents are designed to work in cool water, so there is really no need to wash at a higher temperature. If you do want to do a hot wash, you can still rinse the clothes in cold water.
2. Full Loads Are More Efficient
Every time you do a load, it uses energy. While most washers have a small load setting, a single full load uses less energy than two small loads. Make sure you don’t overfill the machine though, as clothes need to move freely in order to get them clean.
3. Dry Your Clothes Naturally
Drying your clothes on a washing line uses no energy at all, and your clothes will smell great as well! Of course, sometimes the weather just won’t cooperate, but even if you just air dry your clothes when the sun is shining, you will end up saving lots of energy.
4. Vinegar Is Your Friend
Vinegar is excellent for washing and is environmentally friendly. An equal mix of vinegar and water can be used to pre-treat stains, avoiding chemical sprays and saving money as well. A half cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle will soften your clothes, and will eliminate static cling.
5. Lemon Juice, Not Bleach
Bleach is a harsh chemical which pollutes the environment, but how else are you going to get your whites really white? The secret is lemon juice! If you add half a cup to your wash, the citric acid in the juice will whiten your wash, and the lemon will make your laundry smell wonderful.
6. Add Baking Soda to Your Wash
Baking soda can help to get your clothes cleaner! It is mildly alkaline, which helps to dissolve grease, and it will deodorize your clothes. Adding baking soda has another benefit; it softens the water and helps to prevent lime scale build-up. However, make sure you don’t mix baking soda and neat vinegar, or you will end up with a fountain of foam!
7. Detergent Alternatives
There are number of eco-friendly detergents on the market, but there are other natural alternatives. Soap flakes are kind to the environment, although you may need to do a warmer wash to get your clothes clean. Another option is to use soap nuts, which are actually the fruit of a small shrub. Soap nuts help to dissolve dirt and grease, and have been used for thousands of years in Asia and in the Americas. If you have time feel free to checkout our related article on Soap Nuts.
We hope you enjoyed this guest post by Christian, if you have any related ideas for making laundry greener we’d love to hear from you