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Top 6 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

Posted By elmandsparrow 19 days ago on Environmental - Who doesn’t love a good load of laundry, am I right? Okay, I don’t actually love doing laundry, but I do love it when it’s done and I have nice clean towels and sheets. How can we do laundry in a way that is more eco-friendly for the planet and the animals who call it home? Keep reading for a few tips!

Use eco-friendly detergent

All the water that runs through your house, including your washing machine, will eventually end up going back to our oceans, rivers, and lakes. Many detergents on the market today contain harsh chemicals, dyes, chlorine, and phosphates. You can make an impact by choosing an environmentally friendly detergent that uses more natural ingredients and fewer chemicals. On that same note, skip the chlroine bleach as well!

Use cold water

Using cold water to wash your clothes can be a huge energy saver. You can probably imaging the amount of energy it takes to heat all the water required to wash a load of laundry. Cold water saves energy and is easier on your clothes.

Air dry your clothes

I have always been a big fan of hanging my clothes to dry, especially my “good clothes.” Letting your clothes air dry cuts down majorly on the energy costs associated with a load of laundry. It also helps keep your clothes in better shape. One of these great hanging racks is perfect for those of us who live in smaller spaces without enough outdoor space for a clothes line.

Use dryer balls

These wool balls are incredibly absorbent and resuable. They will be a big help in cutting down on drying time and will also help unwrinkle your clothes.

Only wash actually dirty clothes

Wear clothes more than once before washing them. I am usually able to wear jeans and pajamas at least twice before I feel like they need to be washed. Do a good ole smell check and look for visible stains before throwing clothes into the wash. You’ll create less loads laundry, save yourself time, and help the environment by only washing clothes when they’re actually dirty.

Transition to an energy efficient machine

This one can be a little more difficult because who has a money tree growing in their back yard? If you do, let me know, I’m coming to your house. If you can’t do it immediately, make transitioning to an energy-efficient washer and dryer a goal. These machines use less water and energy than traditional machines which is a win for the planet and your wallet.

Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to having a sustainable laundry room!

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