11 ways to Green Your Laundry
Try this laundry list of earth-friendly ideas to help you get that same clean-clothes smell without all the water, energy use, and harmful detergents.
Air-drying your laundry instead of running the dryer reduces energy use and CO2 emissions.
Front-loading ENERGY STAR washers use up to 50 percent less water and significantly less energy than standard machines.
Gas dryers and those that feature a moisture sensor use less energy than other models.
Ninety percent of the energy consumed in washing your clothes is used to heat the water. Washing in cold water can eliminate the need for this excess energy use.
Your washing machine will use the same amount of energy for a small load as it will for a large one. Maximize your washing machine's energy use—and minimize the amount of water wasted—by washing only full loads of laundry.
Regularly cleaning the lint trap and vents will help your dryer work more efficiently, which will save energy.
You'll avoid chemical cleaning agents that may affect ecosystems by contaminating soil and groundwater.
Reduce the amount of chlorine, phosphates, and petroleum-based chemicals that are released into the environment and onto your skin.
Keep chemicals out of your washing machine—and from draining into water supplies—by making your own natural laundry detergents and fabric softeners from basic household ingredients.
Choose laundry detergents that come in cardboard, recyclable plastic, or containers made from reused materials. Concentrated and powdered detergents require the least amount of packaging.
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