Canadians wash laundry regularly. It’s a necessary chore to keep clothing and linens clean and fresh. But, it also has an effect on the environment.
Use eco-friendly laundry tips to reduce the impact your laundry day has on the environment and make it part of your green lifestyle.
How Laundry Affects the Environment
Before we get to the eco-friendly tips that can help you make your laundry day greener, let’s review how keeping clothes clean negatively affects the environment:
- The dryer is a major user of energy.
- The washing machine uses a lot of water.
- Synthetic fibers made from plastic end up in the environment and don’t break down.
- Chemicals from detergents end up in water systems.
- Phosphates damage natural bodies of water.
- Millions of plastic bottles are used for detergent and fabric softeners.
As you can see, doing the laundry does a lot more than simply keeping your clothes clean and fresh.
The good news is there are steps you can take to reduce your environmental impact and make your laundry routine a green example to be proud of. Being conscious of your actions and choosing greener options will go a long way.
7 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips
As promised, here are some things you can do to make laundry day easier on the natural world:
1. Choose an Eco-Friendly Detergent
One of the best things you can do as an eco-friendly laundry habit is to use an eco-friendly laundry detergent.
In Canada, there is a company called Tru Earth that produces and sells eco-friendly laundry detergent strips that come in a cardboard sleeve.
This company also sells other household and personal items and is committed to reducing plastic waste and pollutants.
Their products are becoming quite popular and they’re a rising star on the eco-friendly front.
2. Use a Clothesline
While the dryer is a convenience you probably can’t imagine living without, a clothesline is a much more eco-friendly choice.
However, if hanging your clothes out to dry isn’t always a practical option, you can just use the clothesline as often as possible to cut down on energy usage.
And, it doesn’t have to be outside to create benefits. Although the fresh outdoor smell is a bonus.
You can hang a small line inside for smaller loads to avoid using the dryer as often. Things like underclothes and kitchen linens can easily hang to dry and save on energy.
You should also keep in mind that every time you don’t use the dryer, you’re also saving on energy costs and helping your budget.
3. Wash Clothes Less Often
For some people, this may seem like a gross thought. But, it’s not, really. Many items of clothing can be worn more than once before washing, especially if you wear something else under them.
If an item isn’t stained or smelly, you can easily use it more than once. It not only saves on energy, detergent, and water but also reduces the wear and tear of clothing.
Don’t buy into the marketing hype that every piece of clothing and linens needs to get washed every time it’s used.
4. Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Don’t run out and replace your appliances if they don’t need it. But when you are in the market for newer machines, go with energy-efficient models.
These days, most appliances come with an energy rating to let you know how much they’ll use. And, the salespeople can point you in the direction of the most efficient models.
It’s worth the investment to reduce your costs and it’s better for the environment.
5. Wash Clothes in Cold Water
When you wash clothes, use the cold or cool setting. It often works just as well as warm or hot and will reduce the energy needed to heat the water.
Also, the Tru Earth eco-friendly detergent we highlighted above works well in cold water, making it a bonus for choosing it.
Rinsing small or delicate items in cool water by hand and hanging them to dry will also cut down the need to run the washing machine through a full wash cycle.
6. Use Eco-Friendly Dryer Balls
One way to cut down on the chemicals used in dry sheets is to opt for eco-friendly dryer balls. They last for many loads and do the job well. Some people add a couple of drops of essential oil to get a nice scent.
The Tru Earth company mentioned above also sells dryer balls in its store. It’s another product in their line of items you can use as part of your green laundry routine.
7. Only Wash a Full Load
If possible, only run the washer when you have a full load. Doing many smaller loads is going to use up more energy and water.
Go as long as you can to make sure you have a full load for laundry day. Designating one day a week for washing clothes will help cut down on smaller loads.
Use these 7 eco-friendly laundry tips to reduce your impact on the environment when it comes to keeping clothes and household linens clean and fresh.
Other Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips
Along with the things highlighted above, here are more tips to help you have a green laundry routine:
- Finish off any laundry detergent you already have before going with your new eco-friendly choice.
- If you want to still use a dryer, try to reduce how often or how long you run it by hanging things before or after to cut down the time.
- Buy clothing that doesn’t get full of static so easily. It will reduce your frustration and the temptation to buy dryer sheets.
- Stay away from any products that have “optical brighteners” included on the label. They’re very bad for the environment.
- Phosphate-free is used by some companies to appear eco-friendlier, when in fact, they’ve been banned for quite some time.
Use all of the information and tips in this post to get your green laundry routine in shape for a better future for all of us.
All of the little steps you take will improve your routine and add up to big wins for the environment and the health of our planet home.