Easy Green: Lighten Up on Laundry

Easy Green: Lighten Up on Laundry

Sarah Coffey
Jul 29, 2008

At age 16, I left the U.S. for the first time, visiting Ireland with my family. We stayed with relatives on the Western coast who line-dried their clothes and wore the same pants, skirts, and sweaters for several days in a row before adding them to the laundry heap. It made us realize that we tend to overdo it with laundry here in America. Recommendations for lightening up your laundry load below the jump...

• Underwear and socks should always be washed after one use.
• Use the "smell test" to see if clothes are rewearable or not.
• As long as your body stays clean, your clothes generally won't smell after one wear.
• Clothes get dirty more quickly in summer (from sweat) and more slowly in winter.
• Heavier clothes like pants or jeans can be worn several times before washing.
• Washing clothes less frequently extends their longevity and saves money.
• Doing one big load of laundry uses less resources than multiple small loads.
• After wearing clothes, check for stains, then fold or hang to keep them neat.
• Mist clothes with ironing water or fabric conditioner to keep them smelling fresh.
• Use sachets in your drawers or closets to keep clothes smelling good longer.

For more green laundry tips, see this post and this post from Re-Nest.

Photo: Dublin Clothesline by Ryarwood, Creative Commons

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