Washing your laundry has a larger effect on the environment than you may think. From wasting water to the products used to wash your clothes, your laundry room can have a huge impact on the planet. However, being more sustainable is simple and affordable. Small changes like using your washer more efficiently or just swapping your products can help the environment. Follow these simple steps to easily help the environment from your laundry room.
The first way to save energy is to make sure you understand how to maximize the efficiency of your washing machine. Everyone knows that using cold water takes up less energy than hot water. So, take the first step by washing your clothes in cold water, instead of warm. Washing clothes in cold water can also prevent wearing them out or causing their dyes to fade. Win, win! Another step you can take is to only wash your clothes if you have a full load in your washing machine. Several smaller loads are wasteful and, fewer loads that are larger means less work for you!
Hanging Clothes Out to Dry
Even though this method seems a little outdated, hanging your clothes out to dry is a great way to save energy and money. Use the power of the sun and get some free solar energy to dry your clothes. Dryers emit large amounts of carbon dioxide and can also wear your clothes. So, drying clothes on the line can keep them in good shape, as well as the Earth. If you are still using your dryer, make sure to clean the lint filter and have a full load each time so that you can maximize its efficiency.
You can't have a sustainable laundry room without sustainable laundry products. If you are taking small steps to be more sustainable, start with eco-friendly laundry detergent and fabric softener. In addition, be sure to recycle the container afterwards to ensure that they don't end up in a landfill. Look for products that are compostable and made from ingredients that are plant-based. If you are looking to go all the way green, try making your own laundry soap. You will know exactly what you are putting into it, and there are several different recipes so that you can customize it to your liking.
Wash Your Clothes Correctly
Prevent waste and ruining your clothes, by making sure you are washing them right. When you wash your clothes correctly, you prevent the wear on them. That leads to a longer lifespan of your clothes, and therefore less waste. Certain items don't need to be washed after every wear, so make sure not to overwash. Clothing items, such as jeans, only need to be washed every 3 wears. Save your clothes along with the planet!
By following these simple steps, you can reduce your footprint on the planet and save your clothes to create less waste.
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