A Realistic Guide to Low Waste Laundry
Photo by Karolina Grabowska
Between cooking, cleaning, shopping, and everything in between, sometimes it feels like a side effect of being a mum is generating a lot of waste– and laundry is no exception. From water usage to detergent bottles, fabric softener sheets to dryer lint, there are many aspects of laundry that can contribute to our waste footprint.
However, with a few simple changes, we can significantly reduce our waste output while still keeping your clothes clean and fresh. So here are some of my tips for practicing a low-waste laundry routine!
Wash on Cold!
When washing your clothes, use cold water instead of hot. This not only saves energy from heating water but also helps to preserve the color and quality of your clothes. Plus it’ll save you money on your electric bill! Most clothes can be washed in cold water, but check the labels before washing to be sure!
Choose an Eco-Friendly Detergent
The first step to reducing unnecessary laundry waste is to use eco-friendly laundry detergent. Traditional laundry detergents contain harsh chemicals that can harm the environment, and the packaging often consists of non-recyclable materials. Instead, choose a detergent that is made with natural ingredients and sold in eco-friendly packaging, such as cardboard or reusable containers.
Opt to Air Dry
One of the biggest contributors to laundry waste is the dryer. Dryers not only use a lot of energy but also release lint, which can be harmful to the environment if not properly disposed of. Instead of using a dryer, hang your clothes to dry on a clothesline or drying rack. Not only is this more eco-friendly, but it can also save you money on your energy bill!
Use Wool Dryer Balls
If you must use the dryer, use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are often made of synthetic materials and are single-use, meaning they generate a lot of waste. Wool dryer balls, on the other hand, are reusable and help to reduce static cling and wrinkles. They also help to reduce drying time, saving you energy and money.
Ultimately, laundry doesn't have to be a wasteful chore. By making a few simple changes, we can significantly reduce our waste output while still keeping our clothes feeling clean and fresh. Try out one of these tips on your next laundry day to make your home even more sustainable!