Small adjustments and some good habits: That’s all it takes to make your laundry greener and more eco-friendly.
We’re throwing more loads into the washing machine then we did just 20 years ago, and the huge consumption of toxins, energy and water definitely takes its toe on the environment.
But luckily, there are a lot of things you can do to make your laundry less wasteful, without affecting the quality of your clothes.
Here are 8 tips for a greener laundry:
1. Don’t wash your jeans!
We have to admit, we think it’s pretty fantastic with clothes that rarely need washing. Some people think jeans should never be washed, not only for environmental reasons, but also to maintain colour and fitting.
If you simply must wash it, we recommend that you do it when they start to smell or have visible stains that can’t be removed with a damped cloth. If you feel the need to wash your jeans even though they’re not filthy, you could try airing them out first or even put them in the freezer, which will give them that new and fresh feeling again.
2. Do your laundry on lower degrees
Water heating takes a lot of energy, which has negative impact on the environment. Therefore, do your laundry on preferably 40 or 30 degrees. The lower degrees also make sure that your clothes don’t tear, loose fitting or shrink. In other words, a win-win situation!
Note: To obtain a clean and functioning washing machine, It´s important to occasionally run your load on 60 degrees.
3. Wash full loads
Reducing the number of loads you do each week will save both water and money. So wash full loads, at least when you’re not washing your formal shirt! The machine is properly filled when you can bearly place your fist over the load without pressing the clothes together.