Just a few simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference to your carbon footprint. Along with the obvious ways to go green, such as switching off light bulbs, reducing your vehicle usage, and recycling, there are many other ways that you can make a positive contribution to the environment and reduce your energy usage. Going green with your laundry is just one of these ways, as a few simple changes can make a huge difference to your yearly energy consumption. Here are just a few simple ways that you can go green and help to preserve our Earth.
1) Reduce Your Loads
When you have mountains of washing, you probably think, “how can I possibly reduce my loads?” but there is a very simple and easy solution. Instead of washing your clothes after just one wear, wash them after two instead. Encourage your family to get more wear out of their wardrobe, particularly with items such as jeans and sweaters. Of course, you can’t be expected to wear your underwear more than once (unless you want to, of course…) but wearing your clothes just that bit more can significantly reduce your washing loads. This in turn will drastically minimize your energy consumption over the year.
2) Use A Laundromat
Another simple way to go green is to take your clothing to a laundromat. Often when we wash at home, we wash with smaller loads and much more frequently because it’s more convenient and we avoid the washing pile stacking up. However, from an eco-perspective, it’s more environmentally friendly to wash in large loads and at the laundromat, as the machines are often energy-efficient. You might not save a ton of money, but you will dramatically reduce how much energy you consume.
3) Don’t Forget The Sun!
We often forget about the free dryer we have outside – the sunshine! In the summer months, you can afford to completely abandon your dryer altogether and air-dry your clothing instead. Tumble dryers consume a significant amount of energy, so save it for special items and hang your washing in the open air when you can.
4) Eco Detergent
Many of us don’t realize just how many chemicals our household products contain. This includes laundry detergent, as they often contain a lot of toxic ingredients that although gets our washing super white, isn’t so good for neither our health nor the environment. Opt for an organic or natural detergent that is kinder to the eco-system and healthier for our bodies.