In honor of the Environmental Club’s “Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent” program on Thursday night, I’m going to leave you all with a few tips on how to make doing your laundry better for the environment!
Don’t toss those jeans into the laundry after just one wear! Put hangers on a doorknob or curtain rod to air out odors unless something really warrants a washing. WHY: Save detergent, water and energy.
Wash clothing in cold water! It’s such an easy step to take, and it really makes a difference. WHY: It takes a lot of energy to heat up the water- about 90% of the total energy used by the washer!
Before you load your clothes into the dryer, don’t forget to empty the lint trap! WHY: Dryers with a full lint trap are 30 percent less efficient.
Wash only full loads of laundry! WHY: The machine will be at peak efficiency, and there will be no waste of resources.
Make your own detergent! WHY: No nasty chemicals washing down the drain. Phosphates in conventional laundry soaps can cause algal blooms that negatively effect ecosystems and marine life. Want to learn how to make your own? If you missed the Environmental Club’s program, check out the recipe we used!