Here are some eco friendly laundry tips to complement your Zero Waste efforts! These things will quickly become habits after a while and you won’t think twice about doing them!
- Wear clothes a few times before washing them. Obviously undies should be washed after one wear, or something close to your skin but if something smells fine, fold it and wear it again the next day. I’m always baffled when I hear people who wash their clothes after every wear. Who has time for that?! Less laundry, more free time to DIY deodorant so your clothes aren’t so smelly! 🙂
- Consider taking part in a no wash jeans challenge. Challenges are really fun! Denim does not need to be washed that regularly. Even the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and the CEO of Levi’s suggest only washing jeans rarely to extend their life. Washing your clothes less will help them last longer before they become shapeless and faded.
- Wait until you have a full load of clothes to wash, as with a half load you’re wasting water and energy.
- Wash clothes on 30 degrees. The friction of the washing machine is what really cleans the clothes, not the heat. Unless you have seriously stained or stinky clothes, 30 degrees will clean your clothes just fine.
- I use Ecover washing powder. It comes in a cardboard box and doesn’t have any sneaky plastic bags hiding in there. I used to use Bio D washing powder but it turns out the bag it came in was a number 5 plastic, even though it looked like paper, so that was a tad greenwashed! 😦 I’ve never tried to DIY washing powder but maybe I’ll give it a go sometime.
- Don’t bother with fabric conditioners. They are just a marketing ploy to get you to waste your money on plastic bottles filled with chemicals. Your clothes will smell fresh after they are dried outdoors, they don’t need any synthetic additional smells.
- Dry clothes outdoors on a clothesline or a drying rack. You’ll save a lot on your energy bills and you won’t have to listen to the noisy dryer. (It drives me insane!)
- Try to repair your clothes instead of throwing them out or donating them. I’ve found really nice stuff in charity shops that have a hole in the sleeve or a loose button and fixed it up with a needle and thread to make it good as new again.
- Give darning your socks a go! You’ll feel super self-sufficient and you won’t have to kiss goodbye to your really cool favourite socks. I have yet to tackle this task but one day I’ll get there. 🙂
How do you guys and gals green your laundry routine?