If you’re looking to reduce your eco-footprint and be kinder to the earth, your laundry room is a great place to go green.
Go green with your laundry using these 5 helpful tips
1. Condense laundry to do full loads
Even modern, energy-efficient washing machines can use 40 gallons of water, per load of laundry. That really adds up, especially if you’re doing partial loads of laundry. To go green with your laundry, try skipping a load of laundry now and then, letting enough laundry add up to do a full load. Skipping just one load of laundry per week can save more than 10% on laundry costs.
2. Use natural laundry detergent
Many commercial laundry products contain harsh chemicals. Look for plant-based laundry products, if you want to use commercial laundry items. Consider going natural, using baking soda for whitening, or even making your own DIY laundry detergent.
3. Stop buying dryer sheets
To go green with your laundry, make it a point to know what chemicals you introduce to your fabrics. Typical dryer sheets contain perfumes and unhealthy chemicals. Wool dryer balls offer a reusable, natural option that can soften clothes and shorten dryer time.
4. Skip the dryer
Hanging clothes to dry reduces energy consumption, and helps clothing last longer. If you use a community laundry room, skipping the dryer can save you a lot of money. Pick up an affordable clothes drying rack or outdoor clothesline, and start using this tip today.
5. Stop buying dryer sheets
If you really want to use a clothes dryer, you can still go green with your laundry by avoiding dryer sheets. Typical dryer sheets contain perfumes and unhealthy chemicals. Many dryer sheets end up in landfills. Wool dryer balls offer a reusable, natural option that can soften clothes and shorten dryer time.