It is funny how adding one more person to your household can feel like they have added 10x more laundry! I didn’t find a big difference when Monkey arrived with the amount of laundry I was doing, however since the arrival of Little Bear, it can feel like it is a never ending cycle of gather, wash, dry, put away, repeat! I want to make sure that with all of the laundry I am doing these days that it is as environmentally friendly as possible. Here are a few tips on how to Green Your Laundry Routine:
- Wash in Cold Water – Up to 90% of the energy used for doing laundry can come from heating the water for washing. I wash everything except our cloth diapers in cold water. Everything comes out clean, and I don’t use an special laundry soaps. Want to see how much money you could save by washing in cold water check out this detailed calculator here. Give washing in cold water a try!
- Use an Eco-friendly Laundry detergent – Skip the detergents full of phosphates and chemicals derived from petroleum. Instead select detergents that are plant based. One of my favorites is Seventh Generation, I can buy it in my local grocery store and it comes in an unscented version which is something I look for.
- Make the switch to a front loading washer – I still have a top loader, but when this washing machine dies we will be moving to a front loader. Not only are they more gentle on clothes, but they use less water and energy to run.
- Line Dry – At least when you can. I try to line dry my clothes as much as possible, although with the wet spring we have had I did not get as much of a chance to dry outside. We also have a drying rack inside that I used for our cloth diapers and small loads of laundry
What are your tips for how to Green Your Laundry Routine?
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Seventh Generation. All opinions are strictly my own.