When my husband and I got back from our first parents-only trip to
After doing my fourth load, I wondered what more I could do to make the laundry process more Earth-friendly. I avoid using bleach and I always buy biodegradable detergent, but I know there's plenty of room for improvement.
One thing I need to remember is to wash everything in cold water. Using hot water is a significant energy drain. Presoaking clothes and using cold water detergent should help take care of stubborn stains and odors. Another energy saver is air drying clothes. Even in a city like
Another way to go green with laundry is to do less of it. Look for clothes you can wear at least twice before you need to throw it in the wash. That may be difficult for items like cotton t-shirts, but work clothes like dark colored blouses and pants can be worn more than once. I don't wash my jeans after one wear, unless they get muddy. If I get a food stain, I spot clean as soon as I can. Not washing denim too often makes your favorite jeans last longer.
Avoid buying clothes that require dry cleaning. The solvents used for dry cleaning clothes often create hazardous by-products. Plus, you can save money in the long run by avoiding trips to the dry cleaner. I hand wash items like wool and silk, but make sure you test the fabric before you shrink or fade your favorite top.When buying detergent, buy powder instead of liquid. Liquid detergents contain mostly water so you are actually saving water when you choose to use powder. Here's a great list of tips for greener, cleaner laundry products including homemade fabric softener and stain removers . Share your own tips in the comments!