Tips and Tricks: The Art of Doing Laundry

Tips and Tricks: The Art of Doing Laundry

Sarah Starkey
Sep 19, 2011

Doing the washing is probably my least favourite household chore. I think it's because it's so monotonous: Separate clothes, wash them and hang them on the line. It was only recently that I discovered this is not the way everyone does their laundry, and that there is actually quite an art to doing laundry well.

I hadn't really given my process a lot of thought until I mentioned that I had trouble keeping my white pillowcases white and people suggested a hot water soak. Someone suggested that I should add vinegar and scented oil to the mix for delicious smelling pillowcases. I thought lint was just part of washing until I found out that you're not supposed to wash your towels with your clothes! Who knew!?! So now I'm on a mission to master the fine art of green clothes washing and I'm collecting tips. Here's what I've learned so far:

  1. You can use baking soda like fabric softener.
  2. Drying clothes in the sun disinfects them.
  3. Vinegar can be used as a stain remover.
  4. If you're using grey water safe detergent you can use your clothes washing water in the garden.
  5. You can make your own laundry detergent
  6. Cold water washing works for all general washing.

I would love to hear your green laundry tips!

(images: Sarah Starkey)

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