Wondering how to achieve eco-friendly laundry? Looking for tips? We’ll give a short overview of actions you can take in order to make your laundry more sustainable.
Use biodegradable laundry detergents
We saw that eco-friendly laundry detergents are biodegradable i.e they naturally break down after flushing into sewage. In addition, biodegradable detergents are usually cruelty-free. To reduce your environmental footprint even more, consider using eco friendly fabric softeners.
Fully load your laundry machine
Fully loading your laundry machine will save water and will decrease electricity consumption. Moreover, your clothes will be less damaged during the laundry. This will eventually lead to less materials released into the sewage. And you’ll need to buy new clothes less frequently.
Dry your laundry outdoors
Hanging and drying your clothes outdoors has many environmental benefits. Firstly, it saves electricity incurred by using a dryer. This, in turn, curbs emissions. Secondly, drying laundry outdoors conserves clothes longer.
Use eco-friendly bleach alternatives
While chlorine bleach is a powerful stain remover, it might negatively affect the environment. In addition, inhaling it can lead to health problems because bleach is toxic. Avoid it unless there’s no choice or protect your skin, eyes and respiratory system while using it. Mostly because, in the worst case, exposure to toxic materials might cause cancer. Try eco-friendly bleach alternatives instead. They lack chlorine.
Use citric acid to clean your laundry machine
Use citric regularly (every few months) to clean your laundry machine. It will effectively remove limescale. This in turn, will let your laundry machine function longer.
Reuse grey-water from laundry
Greywater is the water generated from laundry and bathing. Instead of flowing directly to the drain, it can be conserved and reused. For example, it can be used for watering your garden. In addition to saving water bills, it will lead to a more sustainable water usage. Especially in the countries with water shortages.
Environment will thank you
That’s it about eco-friendly laundry.
I believe each contribution towards a greener world matters. Make small steps along with millions of others. Accumulated steps will make a difference!