How to make your laundry routine more eco-friendly
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How to Make Your Laundry Routine More Eco-Friendly

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What is an eco-friendly laundry routine?

An eco-friendly laundry routine is one in which we prioritize sustainability and green-living to reduce our impact on the environment by altering our routines or products. It’s good to have a sustainability mindset in all areas of your life, but don’t get overwhelmed. The laundry room is just one area you can improve your environmental impact!

(Click here for 10 Ridiculously Simple Things You Can do to Live a More Sustainable Life Today!)

How can I make my laundry routine eco-friendly?

If you are looking to live a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable life, your laundry routine can be an easy place to make simple swaps. For a quick sustainability win, update your eco-friendly laundry routine with these straightforward tips.

Water

One of the major resources that laundry uses is water. We can conserve more water while doing laundry if we wash full loads. This might mean going longer between wash days.

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Another way to conserve water is to choose an “express wash” instead of a “normal” wash. By reducing your wash time, you reduce the amount of water that flushes through your machine.

Energy

We can conserve energy by following the guidelines we outlined above for conserving water. Washing smaller, more frequent loads of laundry will waste way more energy than waiting for fuller loads and less frequent washing. Express or fast washes will also conserve energy because the wash cycle itself is much shorter.

Another way to save energy is by washing with cold water over warm or hot water. Most clothes can and should be washed on a cold cycle. Washing in a hot cycle may be necessary for things in which you need to kill more germs, like towels and sheets. However, washing on a warm cycle is the biggest waste of energy.

A warm cycle does not get hot enough to disinfect, so you are basically just warming up the water to waste energy.

Hang dry instead of running the dryer to save energy.

Any chance you get, hang dry your clothes. Not only is it better for your clothes (less agitation and high heat temperatures that can damage fibers), but it saves a lot of energy.

If it’s a nice day out, hang clothes outside for extra freshness. White clothes should hang in full sun for natural bleaching. If you don’t have a place to hang clothes outside, check out my post on The Best Eco-Friendly Laundry products for your home, which includes some awesome drying racks. (Don’t forget to subscribe for my next post on Laundry Routines!)

Eco-friendly laundry products

In general, a great way to be more eco-friendly with our products is to use less of them. Keep your laundry routine minimal with a few basics.

Laundry Detergent

Traditional laundry detergent can contain chemicals, lots of plastic packaging, and harmful ingredients for our fish and wildlife.

For a comprehensive article on EPA Approved detergents, check out The spruce: how to select an environmentally friendly laundry detergent.

Fabric Softener

The best eco-friendly fabric softener is the kind without petroleum-based chemicals. But it’s also super easy to DIY fabric softener. My favorite choice is distilled white vinegar during my wash and wool dryer balls in the dryer.

Stain Remover

Look for all-natural, DIY ways to remove stains. Check out this Best DIY Homemade stain remover from Live Simply.

Eco-Friendly Laundry Routine

Eco-Friendly Laundry Routines

Making your laundry routine more eco-friendly can be super simple. Just remember, we are focusing on conserving water, conserving energy, and switching to more eco-friendly products. Simple as that!

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