10 laundry tips to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint

10 laundry tips to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.

It seems the only way that we are going to reduce our carbon footprint is by implementing small steps in our every day lives.  By doing so we can actually change our mindset and over time our smallest acts can lead to bigger changes.

Here's some steps to consider when you next do your laundry:

Change from hot water to cold
  • By implementing something so simple we can reduce our energy bill and our impact on Mother Nature.
Think before you dryclean
  • If you read the labels and find out what fibre your garment is made from then in most cases you should be able to hand-wash.  Most companies include drycleaning on their labels for a convenient option and to limit their liability.  Consider also that chemicals have been used in the drycleaning process.
Line Dry
  • Not using a dryer can be a challenge sometimes but dryers are huge energy guzzlers.  Not only does line drying extend the life of your garment you will also be reducing your impact on the environment and again saving on energy bills.
Wash by Hand
  • Very time consuming I know but at least it will get you thinking before you chuck things in the laundry!
Don't choose synthetic fabrics
  • The truth is that synthetic fibres don't biodegrade.  Natural fibres and plant based fibres are much kinder to Mother Nature so it is best to consider the environment and your health and shop wisely.  
Limit how often you wash your clothes
  • By washing garments too frequently it actually reduces their life - perhaps consider if you can air some clothing in between washes, thus reducing your carbon footprint and saving on energy bills.
Wash at 30 degrees 
  • This will save you money on your power bills and also is better for the environment.  Another cost saving tip is to always wash with a full load if you can.  If you have very soiled clothes, first try treating them before washing, if you don't think this will work then save them together to wash at a higher temperature.
Limited the use of an iron
  • Try wherever possible to hang your clothes so that they won't need to be ironed and bring them off the line and fold straight away.  If you have to iron then you can make your own homemade natural wrinkle spray by using white vinegar.  Mix 1 part of vinegar to 3 parts of water.  Spray a mist over the clothes and let air dry.
 Make natural laundry detergent
  • If you make your own laundry detergent it is way better for the environment.  You will need some laundry soap (2 cups) and some vegetable oil based soap (2 bars) grated plus some washing soda and borax (2 cups each).  Add 20-40 drops of essential oils.  Mix vigourously together - use one tablespoon for a normal load.
When you need to upgrade your washing machine
  • When the time comes to upgrade your washing machine, look for those with the Energy star logo.  The newer machines are much more efficient and eco friendly than the older washing machines. 

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