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5 tips for clean, green laundry

Submitted by on Thursday, 18 June 2009 Loading Add to favourites  8 Comments

line-dryingThe simple act of washing our clothes can have a significant impact on the environment.

Whether its from the massive amounts of water and electricity used, or the use of harsh, toxic products, our washday really can cause the blues.

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make your washday clean and green. Use these tips to make the most of your washing and reduce your environmental impact.

Fill up

Only put the washing machine on when you have a full load. If you’re going to use that water and electricity anyway, put it to maximum use.

Don’t freshen up

Only wash clothes that really need washing! So many people do a ‘freshen up’ or wash their shirt after one day in the office. Does it really need a wash? If not, wear it for another day.

Keep your cool

Use a cold or 30 degree wash where possible. Most modern laundry products work effectively at low temperatures and unless your clothes is really soiled, they will get just as clean.

Line dry

Ditch the tumble dryer and line dry. It might take a little more organisation, but I get around this by running the washing machine through the night and putting the laundry out first thing in the morning. That way I can maximise on the sun and wind and, if it’s a good drying day, I put another load on first thing in the morning.

Eco friendly

Buy eco friendly washing detergents. Many conventional products are based on
petroleum; a non renewable resource. Others contain chemicals which do not readily biodegrade and can cause harm to wildlife. Some products contain harsh, toxic chemicals which are not good for your skin or lungs.

Later in the week I’ll be sharing some of my favourite eco friendly laundry products with you so that you can really green up your washing!


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