Eco-friendly laundry doesn’t have to mean harder work or spending more money. There are a few simple adjustments you can make in your laundry routine that make the entire process much greener.
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Eco-friendly Laundry Practices that truly help
🟢 Energy-efficient washing machine
🟢 Natural detergents
🟢 Concentrated detergents
🟢 Making your own detergents
🟢 Avoid chlorine bleach
🟢 Avoid softeners
🟢 Avoid dryer sheets
🟢 Use high spin mode for faster drying
🟢 Long drying at low heat is more efficient
🟢 Powdered detergents over liquid
🟢 Use minimum amounts of detergents
🟢 Skip the dryer, dry outside
🟢 Use sensor drying
🟢 Wash with warm or cold water
🟢 Fill up the entire washing machine
🟢 Separate the clothes by weight
🟢 Clean the lint filter
Choosing eco-friendly detergents
There’s a big difference between green detergents to conventional ones. Detergents made of unnatural sources have a very negative impact on the environment and on our personal health.
Fortunately, there are many great eco-friendly laundry detergents that clean just as well as the conventional ones, cost the same and are healthier for our skin.
Saving energy and water
New washing machine models ship with sensors that know how much water and power to use according to the overall weight of clothes inside. So keeping up with an energy-efficient model is a good step, but it’s not the only way you can conserve energy and water.
For starters try filling up the washing machine, put as many clothes as a possible per wash, even if it means waiting another day or two for more clothes to pile-up.
Another adjustment you can make is using the right temperature for each wash. According to ENERGY STAR, 90% of the energy in these machines goes to warming the water. When not dealing with hardcore stains, you should consider using warm water rather than hot. In some cases, cold water can be just as good.
Eco-friendly laundry drying
When it comes to drying your clothes after washing, the best option for conserving energy is to hang your clothes on a rack and let the sun dry them. Skipping the dryer is just better.
If you live in a place where outside drying isn’t available, there are a few eco-friendly laundry drying tips to consider:
- Sort your laundry by weight or by how fast it dries can save energy when using a dryer. A towel takes longer to dry than a light t-shirt. So instead of having that t-shirt spinning in the dryer waiting for the towels to dry, separate them beforehand.
- Sensor dryers are more energy-efficient than time dryers
- Long drying sessions with low heat are more energy-efficient than short sessions with high heat.
- Cleaning the lint filter after each use helps air filtration and energy efficiency.
- If During the wash you use the high spin mode in the machine, your clothes will dry faster.