10 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

The laundry is an easy part of your home routine to green-up. Using our tried and tested eco-friendly laundry tips you can cut down on your chemical use, be gentler on your skin, save a bit of water, and slash your energy bill. Knowing you’re doing your bit makes laundry day that little bit more satisfying!

  1. To reduce your energy costs use the cold wash setting whenever you can. As well as saving money, cold water is much gentler on your clothes, so they’ll stay in good condition longer.
  2. If you’re in the market for a new washing machine, go front loader. They’re much more energy and water efficient than top loaders.
  3. The biggest energy guzzler is your dryer. If it’s fine weather outside, use the clothesline, and if that’s not an option use clothes drying racks indoors – the dryer should be your last port of call.
  4. If you are going to use your dryer make sure you clean the lint trap regularly so your machine is working smoothly. The harder it has to work to dry your clothes, the more energy it uses.
  5. Another great way to save on electricity, and also save some water, is to only use the washing machine when you have a full load.
  6. Do less loads of washing by wearing your clothes a couple of times before washing them. Obviously we’re not talking about socks and undies, but items like shirts and pants can go multiple wears. If clothes do need a little freshen after the first day of wear give them a spray with cheap vodka – it kills the bacteria that causes odours.
  7. Use eco-friendly laundry detergents that are plant (not petroleum) based, are biodegradable, and free of phosphates. Nicer for your clothes, gentler on your skin, and won’t contribute to damaging aquatic ecosystems when the water goes down the drain.
  8. Or make your own laundry powder with equal measures grated plain soap, borax, and washing soda. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to make your clothes smell extra nice!
  9. Skip the chlorine bleach. It poisons fish and insects and can cause skin irritation. Instead add 1/2 a cup of lemon juice or vinegar to your regular wash to brighten whites.
  10. Don’t use dryer sheets or fabric softener. These are full of harmful chemicals, and boosting your wash with vinegar does a wonderful job of fluffing up towels and keeping your laundry soft.

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Author: Stacey Jacobs

Stacey founded Tidy Me, the easiest way to book a cleaner in Sydney. Tidy Me is much more than an online booking service, it is an online platform allowing professional, independent cleaners to connect with people and homes in need of their services.

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