Being green isn’t always easy, but it has benefits. It’s good for you, good for the Earth, and good for your wallet.
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Here are some green laundry ideas you’ve probably heard already.
- make your own detergent recipes: liquid from Trent at The Simple Dollar or powder from Matt at DIY Natural
- Wash with cold water (note: exception goes to bed sheets, wash these on warm or hot to kill dust mites)
- hang your clothes out to dry (note: don’t try this if you have allergies!)
- buy an energy efficient machine like this one: Whirlpool WFW9500TC 4.0 Cu. Ft Front Load Washer (Tuscan)
- only wash full loads
- use less detergent
- avoid buying clothes that are dry clean only
The one key that is missing is the clothes themselves. I often hear moms complain about having to tackle a mountain of laundry. I do this sometimes myself, but only after we’ve been on vacation (note: not when I’m at my Mom’s house since she washes everything for us!), or after we’ve been sick.
We have more laundry than most people, since we’re a family of 6. I could easily do 2 loads a day/5 days a week. That’s a LOT of laundry. this of course doesn’t include accidents, vomit, or other gross things that need to be washed. I usually add about 2-3 loads a week for this. That’s 12-13 loads.
The main way I keep my laundry room green, and more green in my wallet is by keeping a limited number of clothing items for each person.
The only exception I have is a nice outfit and shoes. I don’t get out much, so I have a few classic pieces that I will hold onto for forever. Likewise the hubby has a suit and ties, and the kids each have something nice-ish.
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I usually go through my clothes seasonally. Since it’s almost fall/back-to-school time, it’s the perfect time to go through your summer wardrobe and purge. Anything you haven’t worn in a year should go.
How many clothing items do you have? Do you feel like you could cut back?