May 04, 2021
As the parent of a toddler, I know how laundry can feel like a never-ending chore. Whilst we all want to live a little more sustainably, spending more time handwashing your clothes is probably not the answer you're looking for. With these tips you'll still have fresh, clean clothes without any extra effort. You'll save some money too!
Wash at a lower temperature
According to Which?, washing your clothes at 30°C uses 38% less energy than washing at 40°C. Reducing the temperature down to 20°C reduces energy use by 62%, which is the equivalent of taking 634,000 cars off the road. You’ll be pleased to hear that most stains will still be removed at 20°C or 30°C but you may want to use a stain remover for tougher stains such as blood and grass stains.
Reconsider using fabric conditioner (especially if you’re vegan)
Not only does fabric conditioner come in single-use plastic bottles, but its main ingredient is often Tallow, which is usually a saturated animal fat, though it can be derived from plants too. It may be listed in the ingredients as Ditallowoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate or, most commonly, it will be listed under the general term of ‘non-ionic surfactant’. There is usually no clarity from brands around whether the Tallow used is derived from animals or plants so, personally, I opt out completely.
Wash your jeans less often
Extend the lifespan of your jeans by washing them less often. Even Levi’s recommend it: “Wash them once every 10 wears at most to maintain fit and prevent too much “rebound.” Or go even longer and wear them until they smell a little funky. Use a damp cloth or old toothbrush with mild soap to remove small stains instead of washing them. You know the distinct lines and creases you see on your jeans, the ones specific to you? That unique look comes from wearing your jeans for long periods without washing.”
Line dry your clothes outside
There’s something so satisfying about line drying. It’s free, it’s good for your clothes and it’s a great excuse to get outside! Most importantly though, it’s a simple way to live a little more sustainably. According to carbonfootprint.com, tumble dryers have the third highest carbon footprint out of all household appliances. Clothes can be dried outside any time of year, it'll just take a bit longer in the colder months.
Do less laundry!
Of course the most eco-friendly way of doing your laundry is simply to do less of it! Only wash your clothes if they're actually dirty and always wait until you have a full load.
Stop using toxic laundry products
Switching to natural alternatives is an easy way to do your laundry more sustainably. Most laundry detergents contain toxic chemicals which are harmful to both the environment and your family's health. I haven't looked back since switching to an EcoEgg Laundry Egg. Our clothes are still clean and stain-free but without the heavily perfumed smell. On top of that, we've saved so much money!
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