5 tips for clean, green laundry

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!


  1. Wilson Pon on June 21, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Mrs. Green. Have you ever heard about the “Wind and UV rays washing machine” before? It claimed to wash the cloths without even need any water or detergent!

  2. Hannah on June 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Recently found an eco-friendly detergent called Grab Green. Works great and is super easy to use. All you do is throw a pack (similar to a Cascade dishwasher pack) into your washing machine. It’s made with non-toxic ingredients and comes in a small zippered pouch–less packaging waste and environmentally friendly. Highly recommend it!! Check out their website – http://www.grabgreenhome.com

  3. Mrs Green on June 30, 2009 at 7:36 am

    @Wilson Pon: Hi Wilson; I HAVE! In fact I heard another story about one this week and I’m really excited about the idea. I hope to cover it in a future article. Have you ever seen one or know anyone with a machine like this?

    @Hannah: Hello Hannah, thank you for the recommendation and link; I’ll be sure to check it out. Is this your website? It looks very good.

  4. Grab Green on June 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Try Grab Green Detergent. Eco Friendly and Naturally Derived http://www.GrabGreenHome.com

  5. Mrs Green on July 1, 2009 at 8:16 am

    @Grab Green: Thank you Grab Green; do you have a particular product that is one of your favourites on the site?

  6. Working London mummy on April 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks this is great. Look forward to hearing about the Eco products. Especially washing powder. x

  7. Working London mummy on April 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks this is great. Look forward to hearing about the Eco products. Especially washing powder. x

  8. Pat M on June 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I have been making my own laundry soap and using vinegar as a softener. It works great. the recipe is on my blog if you want to check it out! http://www.greenlivingthriftyfrog.com/2012/04/diy-laundry-soap-orgasp-am-i-turning.html.

    Thanks for all the great info here! Visiting from Monday Meet & Greet.
    Huge green hugs,