More than ever, people are catching on that going green is important. A little goes a long way when it comes to choosing eco-friendly laundry ideas and we can all do our part to help the environment.
However, laundry day is a tough one to crack. There’s a lot of water, electricity, and waste involved. So, how can we make washing less costly for the planet?
Here, we’re sharing 5 easy laundry ideas to make washing day more eco-friendly. Let’s get to it!
Use the Cold Cycle
Even if the tag tells you to wash your clothes in warm or hot water, opt for the cold cycle when you can. Of course, baby clothes or anything that needs extra sanitisation is an exception. But otherwise, there’s no reason not to wash with cold water.
Heating up your water requires extra electricity and cold water can actually help your clothes last longer. Both are huge eco-friendly perks.
Plus, saving money on your electric bill is always nice. Just saying...
Reduce Your Dryer Usage
Most Aussies who live in warm climates hang their washing to dry most of the year. However, in the winter or on rainy days, sometimes you need to use a dryer.
And let’s face it... there’s something irresistible about fluffy towels that only dryers can provide.
So, when you opt to use your dryer, find ways to make it better for the environment.
One of the best ways to keep using your dryer eco-friendly is by using Wool Balls. They use less energy and get the drying done quicker.
You’ll toss them into the dryer with your wet clothes and as the dryer dries, the Wool Balls absorb excess water. You save money on yet another reduced electricity bill and you’ll be doing your part for the planet.
Plus, they make your clothes less wrinkly and act as a natural fabric softener. All wonderful reasons why Wool Balls help make laundry day more eco-friendly.
Skip the Dryer Altogether
To take things one step further, you can skip the dryer altogether. Not only do you run the risk of ruined, shrunken clothes when you use the dryer, but it’s also a true energy sucker.
Even if your dryer has a sweet energy rating, the sun and wind are amazing clothes dryers the natural way and especially in places like Australia, there’s no reason not to be hanging your washing to dry.
Go for Stainless Steel Pegs
Did you know? There’s actually a more eco-friendly way to hang your washing too!
Forget plastic pegs that break after a few uses. Not to mention, you need a bunch of them to hang your heavier items. All those cheap plastic pegs will end up in a landfill somewhere and they definitely don’t contribute to a greener planet.
Opt for Stainless Steel Laundry Pegs that do a better job holding up your heavy clothes and won’t add to any waste. They’re long-lasting, rust-proof and easy to recycle if you do ever downsize.
So, when your plastic pegs inevitably fall apart, make the switch to Stainless Steel Laundry Pegs to make hanging your washing more eco-friendly.
Choose Eco-Friendly Detergents
It’s no secret that many laundry detergents are packed with chemicals that can harm our precious waterways. While not all chemicals are necessarily “bad”, they can certainly wreak havoc on our ecosystem. So, if we can do without them, we should!
Eco-friendly laundry detergent is made with natural ingredients which often makes them better for our clothes and our skin as well. You might even be able to make your own detergents using natural cleaning agents.
Oh, and definitely don’t use chemical fabric softeners. Those Wool Balls we mentioned earlier naturally keep your clothes soft and they’re reusable for the perfect eco-friendly softening solution.
So there you have it! A handful of easy laundry ideas to make the washing more eco-friendly. And while you’re at it, check out our entire Homezy Laundry Collection for all your washing needs.