The Laundry Room (or -mat) is a perfect place to go green without really feeling a big pinch. Many of the things we do automatically can be easily greened up - by simply setting the machine to cool, trying a new laundry product, waiting until the hamper is really full...
Use cooler water - washing in warm and rinsing in cold saves energy (and really works well!)Wash when necessary, not automatically - if it's ok to wear once more before a wash, don't just toss it in the hamperDo fewer loads - one big load uses less energy than 2 small loadsLine dry whenever possibleTumble dry partway and then hang it up - more air dry time means less ironingNatural fabric softener: 1/2 cup bakng soda in the rinse cycleNatural whitener: soak clothes overnight in one part hydrogen peroxide to 8 parts cold water then wash normally Try a non-chlorine bleach such as Ecover or Mrs. Meyers
Lose the petrochemical based detergent! Go biodegradable and get rid of all the plastic packaging with Seventh Generation powdered or Restore in-store refillable liquid
When the time comes to replace your washer, consider a front-loader which uses less water and power.
posted originally from: AT:Chicago
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(Photo: The Cyclean Pedal Powered Washing Machine)