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:
- You can use baking soda like fabric softener.
- Drying clothes in the sun disinfects them.
- Vinegar can be used as a stain remover.
- If you're using grey water safe detergent you can use your clothes washing water in the garden.
- You can make your own laundry detergent
- Cold water washing works for all general washing.
I would love to hear your green laundry tips!
(images: Sarah Starkey)