Laundry is an unavoidable chore, but if you’re going to do it anyways, you might as well make sure you are doing it in a way that’s kind to the planet! Here are five simple ways to make your laundry room eco-friendly (and maybe even wallet-friendly too!)
- Switch to Energy Star appliances. This might cost you at first but you will be saving water and money on your energy bill long-term.
- Opt for drying racks instead and eliminate a few dryer loads. You can get drying racks installed anywhere in your laundry room; have them fold out from the walls, hide out of drawers or extend from the ceiling. As a DIY alternative, hang clothing lines or repurpose a ladder (mount it horizontally).
- Use green laundry detergent. Phosphates found in most laundry soaps can have a detrimental impact on ecosystems and marine life. So for the sake of the fishies, look out for labels that indicate the product is biodegradable, phosphate-free, and made from plant and vegetable-based ingredients instead of the conventional petroleum base. As an added bonus, green detergents are often gentler on skin as well. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, try making your own detergent at home.
- Wash your clothes in cold water (even when the label calls for warm). Your clothes and wallet will thank you for this!
- Skip the dryer sheets. Yes, they make your clothes feel so soft and smell so good, but at what cost? The chemicals and synthetic fragrances found in most dryer sheets brands can be hazardous to your skin and further, once absorbed into your body through your skin, harmful to your nervous system. Skip the sheets entirely or look out for an eco-friendly brand.