Laundry, like any cleaning regime, has the potential to be a polluting and energy-intensive activity, but you can minimise your ecological footprint with a few easy changes to your routine. This is especially important for our family because between cloth nappies, cloth wipes, cloth tissues, cloth napkins... oh and clothes there is a whole lot of laundry around here!
Tips for Greening you Laundry Routine
* Line-dry everything. The easiest way to make this work is to let go of assigning a specific day for laundry- just throw a load in when you know the weather is good for drying. In the winter you can line dry inside, and then throw the slightly damp clothes in the dryer for a quick 15 minutes at the end of the day.
* Use a cold-wash whenever possible. This is also much better for your clothes.
* Use natural stain-removers- cornflour for oil, salt for red wine or rust, hydrogen peroxide for whites and white vinegar for nappies
* Use natural fabric softener
* Only wash full loads
How do you make your laundry routine more economical, eco-friendly and plain old enjoyable? We'd all love to hear!