Do you want to enhance your eco-friendly laundry practices, but arenâ€™t sure where to start? Here are hacks to make laundry day greener and save some greenbacks to boot.
Natural Laundry Soap
Are you currently using a commercial laundry detergent containing petroleum-based chemicals? Consider switching to homemade, eco-friendly laundry soap. Itâ€™s biodegradable and doesnâ€™t contain artificial fragrances or dyes.
Youâ€™ll need: a cup of washing soda (not to be confused with baking soda), a cup of 20 Mule Team Borax and a shaved bar of Castile soap. You may add about an ounce of your favorite essential oil, if desired. Mix ingredients and store in a tightly sealed container between uses.
If youâ€™re not excited about DIY laundry soap, try eco-friendly soap nut (sapindus mukorossi berry). Talk about a laundry-wow, imagine berries growing on trees, which contain soap. These little numbers lift dirt and stains out of clothing and suspend all the grimy stuff in the rinse water, until it is discarded.
The gentle action of soap nuts makes them ideal for family members with skin sensitivities, including babyâ€™s clothing. Also, donâ€™t expect to see soap bubbles like your commercial detergent produces. Soap nuts are natural, and no chemicals are added, which are responsible for artificial foaming.
Best Green Alternatives for Chlorine Bleach
Eco-friendly Oxygen bleach whitens and brightens your laundry. We are more familiar with chlorine bleach for stain removal; however, it takes the color out of most materials that have been dyed. Whereas, oxygen bleach is safe to use on dyed fabrics, with the exception of wool and silk.
About Â½ cup of Lemon Juice is a natural, inexpensive alternative for chlorine bleach. For seriously stained articles, add a dash of hydrogen peroxide and let soak.
White Vinegar works wonders on your white laundry items. Replace chlorine bleach with white vinegar. Presoak overnight. Vinegar odor vanishes after washing your laundry.
Whatâ€™s the Buzz on Cold Water for Laundry?
If youâ€™ve always believed only warm/hot water gets the stains out of your laundry, chances are, you havenâ€™t given cold water a chance. Changing to cold water for washing clothes is energy-saving. Typically, cold water will get your laundry as clean as warm/hot water.
Surprise! Clothing will last longer because hot water can shrink and fade your clothes.
Breathing Mobile Washer: Solution to Mysterious Missing Socks
What happens to our missing socks? Do they go to sock heaven or where? Sorry, we donâ€™t know. But, we do have the ideal solution. The Breathing Mobile Washer is a spiffy, hand-powered product, which is about as green as it gets. It doesnâ€™t depend upon electricity and uses minimal soap and water.
Easy to use. Its plunger-like action pushes and pulls water through dirty laundry and even removes residual soap electric washing machines leave in clothing.
Of course, itâ€™s not just for socks. Use it anytime you have a small load of lingerie, handmade doilies, dish cloths and so on. Get the ring out of collars. Defer to your Breathing Mobile Washer when the electricity goes out.
Take your Breathing Mobile Washer on vacation or camping trips. Itâ€™s powerful enough to get grimy, outdoor clothing clean. No doubt, youâ€™ll find dozens of occasions to use this environmentally conscious product.
Even with eco-friendly precautions, the electric dryer remains a big Oink-Oink. Statistics say 6-10% of household energy is expended by electric dryers. You can become more environmentally responsible by hanging your laundry out to dry. Your clothes will smell fresher and last longer.
Do you have any tips or tricks of your own? Let us know about them!