Waste Conscious Tips

5 Ways to Keep It Green on Laundry Day

Laundry Day…it’s often a love/hate day in most households, but we think by simplifying and greening up your routine, you’ll soon learn to love laundry! OK, maybe “love” is a strong word. But we’re here to help make it feel easier, at least! Check out our tips for keeping it green while getting things clean. 😉

  1. Wear or use it more than once – This doesn’t apply to everything (unmentionables and socks come to mind), but the simplest way to cut back on your laundry’s impact is to just do less of it. Towels and bedding can usually be used for a week or two before washing.
  2. Use natural washing detergent – Look for a good quality natural washing detergent, or pop into Unless Market (if you’re Kelowna-based) with your resealable container and pick up either powdered or liquid detergent. The Bulk Barn also has soap nuts (read up on those here). Fabric softener can be replaced with a cup of white vinegar. Or try out a DIY recipe (like these!).
  3. Maximize your washer for energy efficiency – Wash in cold water and try to only do full loads! It might seem counter-intuitive, but these days washing machines and detergents are formulated to clean in cold water. Did you know about 90% of the energy used to wash clothes goes to heating the water?! If you can’t fill it up, use the load selector on your machine to choose a different option that will use the least amount of water.
  4. Hang to dry – Because dryers use so much energy, skipping it altogether can make a real difference. Clothes also last longer and stay more vibrant when you line dry because there’s less wear and tear. In the warmer months consider drying outside. There is nothing quite like the smell of line-dried clothes in the summer!
  5. Maximize your dryer – Let’s face it…sometimes it’s tricky to line-dry everything, especially in the winter. So the most important tip? Full loads and a clean lint filter. Cleaning the lint filter frequently will increase efficiency and shorten drying time. If your dryer has a moisture sensor, use it. This will automatically reduce the amount of drying time or shut off the machine when it senses that clothes are dry, which reduces wear and tear on your threads and saves lots of energy. Ditch the dryer sheets and opt for wool dryer balls! These balls can cut your dryer time down by about 30%! If you’re looking for a sweet scent, add a couple drop of essential oil to your dryer balls.

Have you discovered any tricks for reducing your waste when it comes to laundry? Let us know in the comments!