Doing the laundry can take a lot of energy and resources, and not just our personal ones! 😉
Fortunately, there are ways to make laundry day (or every day?!?) more eco-friendly.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to save energy, money and the environment in the Laundry room.
Limit Dryer Use
Dryers use a lot of energy, no doubt. But it’s not always easy or practical to hang wash on an outside line, especially if you live in a climate where a lot of the year it’s below freezing or raining.
That leaves you with the possibility of indoor lines, maybe in a basement if you have one, but that’s not always ideal either and it’s hard to have enough space to handle all the socks, underwear, towels, etc. we need to dry each week.
Luckily I found this great foldable rack that holds a ton of laundry, doesn’t take up much room and still allows everything to dry in a reasonable amount of time. This holds way more laundry than my little dowel rod drying rack I’ve had for years. You can take a look at it here and get all the details on Amazon. It’s so handy and easy to use! It will cut your dryer use wayyy down! I love the way it holds socks without taking up regular “line” space.
Dryer Balls Cut Down on Dryer Time
If you do need to use your dryer for some items, then it’s a great idea to use wool dryer balls. They eliminate the need for any kind of fabric softener, they reduce static cling, help remove pet hair and lint and can actually reduce drying time by up to 40%. If you don’t already have some of these you’ll want to get some.
BUT – Be sure to get the most eco-friendly and sheep-friendly kind. The “friendsheep” set is a winner. And you can nab them on Amazon. These are handmade in Nepal by women from underprivileged communities. The women earn fair wages and the company NEVER uses forced or child labor.
AND – the wool comes from sheep raised in New Zealand on family farms. These sheep are raised and sheared in a cruelty-free manner. New Zealand has some really strict regulations about animal welfare. So I always feel better about wool products that are made from wool grown on sheep in New Zealand. I really like this company!
If you miss the fragrance of your dryer sheets, you can always add a few drops of essential oil to one of your wool dryer balls and your laundry will smell great without any harsh chemicals.
Use Eco-Friendly Detergent
There are a couple of different “green” laundry detergents that I really like. Seventh Generation is a good one. But to skip the plastic containers all together check out Dropps laundry pods. They remove stains, protect colors and leave your clothes clean and fresh all without any harsh or toxic chemicals. And without any plastic packaging. They come in a couple of natural oil scented fragrances and work great!
Thanks for reading!
Thanks for caring enough to try to live a greener life! By just changing a few of your laundry practices you’ll be saving energy and money and oh yeh, helping save the planet as well! They may seem like small things, but every positive change we make helps!