I don’t know about you, but I like clean clothes so doing laundry is an ongoing necessity. So I am looking for ways to change it to be eco-friendly. Any small changes I make can make a big impact.
If you have the room in your yard, hang up a line and air dry your clothes. I am a bit leary on this one as I really don’t want the world to see my underwear. But I could save about $70 and a ton of carbon each year by doing it. My Mom used to air dry my clothes when I was younger and I love the smell they have after being outside.
Wash in cold water instead of hot. I used to wash in hot all the time because I thought it got all the yuck out better but it really doesn’t. Did you know 90% of the energy for washing a load in hot water is used in just heating the water? So next time you go to do laundry think cold.
Try reducing the amount of detergent you use per load. I have learned that I can use HALF the amount recommended and still get my clothes clean. It not only save you money by making it last longer but you are putting fewer suds in the waterways. You can also buy eco friendly laundry detergent or you can venture off and make your own.
Make sure to recycle all empty bottles. What I have been doing in keeping some smaller bottles for craft projects. Have the kids make something out of them or use them as a planter. Cut off half the bottle, decorate it, put some soil in it, and plant an indoor plant. You can also use it as a watering can. Punch hold in the lid and off you go.
I am trying to become more eco friendly this year so I am trying to find small ways to change opposed to taking on everything at once. Bottom line is just try to make a change, any change. Let me know what you have done to change your laundry style.