Even though you do laundry year-round, now is a great time to wash those things that are getting stored away during the warmer months (such as scarves, sweaters and blankets) and those items around the house that never get washed (curtains, anyone?) Below are some things to remember as you do those loads of laundry, now and throughout the year.
- Resist the temptation to turn up the heat, and wash your clothes in cold water (or warm if you must).
- Don’t start the washer until you have a full load. Small or incomplete loads waste water and energy.
- Use eco-friendly detergents, such as those from Ecover or Method — or make your own.
- If your in the market for a new washer, look for one that is front-loading (they use less water and electricity) and bearing the Energy Star label.
- If you have a yard (or any outdoor space) consider line-drying your clothes. Not only will you save energy, but your clothes will have that fresh smell many laundry detergents and fabric softeners try to imitate.
- If you can’t use “solar power” to dry your clothes (or if the weather doesn’t permit), then use a wooden drying rack. Multiple sizes are available at Abundant Earth.
- If you must use your dryer, consider foregoing any dryer sheets or fabric softeners, and use Dryer Balls, Fluff Balls, or good old tennis balls instead.
Lastly, don’t forget for those pesky “Dry Clean Only” garments, find a green dry cleaner in your area.