Trying to live a more eco-friendly life? These eco-friendly laundry tips are not only better for the environment they also save you money.
The average American family washes 300 loads of laundry a year. That’s a lot of energy and water used. It also almost $300 a year just on water and energy costs.
With a few changes, you can save money and help the environment. You also want to consider making changes that make your laundry less toxic for your family.
Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips
- Use cold water. Some loads need hot water but most are fine with cold water. Using cold water whenever possible will save on energy costs.
- Make the switch to a natural laundry detergent. You can save money by making your own laundry detergent but be careful what kind you make. Many homemade laundry soaps don’t work and can hurt your machine. Soap nuts are a safe and effective option.
- Use white vinegar instead of fabric softeners. Many fabric softeners contain harmful ingredients and can also build up on your clothes and machine. White vinegar is cheaper and safer.
- Use dryer balls. Dryer balls help soften your clothes, remove static, and speed up drying time.
- Choose more efficient machines. When you replace your washer look for Energy Star washers and more efficient dryers. They can save you a lot of money over time.
- Line dry your clothes when possible. Line drying is better for your clothes, saves on energy costs, and can even help whiten your whites. There are so many benefits to line drying.
- Wash your clothes less often. If you wore something for a short time and it isn’t actually dirt, hang it out to air out and re-wear it. Also, use your towels more than once.
- Keep Lint Screens Clean. Removing lint with every load helps prevent fires and also helps reduce drying time.
- Separate your loads properly. Washing heavy items together and lighter items together helps keep a more uniform drying time.
- Don’t over-dry. Over-drying is not only an energy waster but it’s also hard on your clothes. Many dryers now have sensors to stop the dryer when the closets are dry. If your dryer has this option use it.
- Do full loads. Try to stick to doing full loads only. Even with more efficient washers that adjust the water level, you will save water by doing full loads.
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