Let’s take a look at how to go green on laundry. Here are some tips to apply to your laundry practice.
Wash clothes less often
The first step should always be to carefully consider whether the clothing item needs to be washed. Underwear and socks need to be washed after every use, but jeans and sweaters can last longer without showing wear. Saving electricity and water is not the only benefit of washing less often. You also save time.
Wash in large loads
Whenever possible, fill your washing machine to its recommended capacity before washing. Modern washing machines weigh laundry and adjust the washing program accordingly; however, choosing the right amount of detergent can be challenging.
Wash at a lower temperature
According to Harvard University researchers, washing regular clothes in cold water is just as effective as washing them in hot water. Researchers came to the following conclusions based on their research:
- Washing in cold water (30 to 40 degrees) is as effective as washing at higher temperatures.
- Washing at lower temperatures helps your clothes last longer
- Washing at lower temperatures uses much less energy (1)
Use eco-friendly detergent
The best eco-friendly laundry detergents contain no petroleum-based ingredients, fabric softeners, bleaches, or synthetic perfumes that are difficult to break down in nature. At the same time, the right eco-friendly detergent should clean your clothes just as well. When choosing an eco-friendly washing powder, look for certificates.
Clean your washing machine regularly
You also need to take care of your washing machine and clean it properly from time to time. Your washing machine works best when there is no detergent residue and the filter is not clogged. The dirt that disappears from your clothes, towels, and sheets has to go somewhere, which means that over time, dirt can build up in your washing machine. Without regular cleaning, the washing machine can also build up hard water residue and mold around the lid.