If you are looking for ways to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle it can be pretty daunting figuring out where to begin. A good place to start is with your laundry! By following some eco-friendly laundry practices you'll not only be reducing your impact on the environment but in many cases, you'll also lower your energy costs!
Although not exhaustive, we've put together a list of laundry tips to help you with your green laundry journey.
Obviously, there are some exceptions to this rule (underwear, gym clothes and socks, for example), but unless they are seriously dirty, many items can go for a lot longer between washes than you may think. In fact, washing your clothes less often could even extend their longevity. As long as they aren't soiled, articles such as jeans and hoodies can go for a week without needing a wash.
Speaking of detergents, a great green laundry tip is to start using a product that is safer for the environment, such as Charlie's Soap. Wash your clothes with an eco-friendly laundry detergent free from fillers, dyes and brighteners. Not only is it better for the environment, it's safer for your health.
While we are on the topic of drying clothes, it's important to note that dryer sheets are not only coated with nasty chemicals, they are also non-recyclable. Trade in your sheets for hedgehogs, dryer balls or aluminum foil.
Next to refrigerators, dryers are the biggest energy-sucking appliance in your home. Although not always possible in northern frigid temperatures, hanging your clothes outside to dry cuts costs and leaves clothes smelling super fresh. If a clothesline isn't an option, a drying rack inside your home works well too.
Do you have any eco-friendly laundry tips you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below!
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