Taking care of your wardrobe is an important part of maintaining the quality of your investments. But doing your laundry turns out to be significant contributor to climate change and environmental pollution. Luckily, reducing your impact is surprisingly easy and can save you money while building longevity into your wardrobe. We each hold the power to help the environment every time we do our laundry. MenoMieux strives to promote positive change around our laundry routines with these eco-friendly laundry tips!
1. Wash on Cold
Ninety percent of the energy used by washing machines goes towards heating the water. Many modern laundry detergents contain enzymes that work best in cold water. Washing on cold is also better for your clothes keeping fibers from shrinking and fading. If Americans washed on cold every four out of five loads, each household would save approximatelly 864 pounds of carbon per year — the same as driving 1,000 miles.
2. Wash Full Loads
Even the most energy-efficient loads use 40 gallons of water. Reducing the number of loads you do each week will save water and money. If you find yourself doing eight or more loads of laundry each week, skipping one will save over 10 percent on your laundry costs.
3. Air Dry Your Clothes
Compared to most of the appliances around your home, your dryer consumes a lot of energy. This is true of most heat-producing appliances like your furnace, water heater and oven. A simple change you can make is to air-dry or line-dry more of your laundry. Pick up a foldable drying rack for smaller spaces and colder months.
In addition to saving energy, the lint you find in your dryer is evidence of your wardrobe literally wearing away. When you stop using your dryer, you’re prolonging your clothes and saving the cost of replacing them before their time.
4. Chemical-Free Products
A surprising amount of toxic chemicals live in our laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to choose a detergent that’s guaranteed to be safe. While shopping, look for the EPA’s Safer Choice Label. You can also try eco-friendly detergents like Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers, which don’t use synthetic chemicals. You might also explore the world of DIY, by Googling homemade laundry detergents.
The chemicals found in conventional dryer sheets and fabric softeners are similar to what is found in conventional detergents. If you part with your dryer sheets altogether and opt for reusable wool dryer balls, add a couple drops of essential oil to the dryer ball before tossing in the machine.