There are many different ways individuals can “go green” from saving water to saving energy. From recycling to eating local, etc. But today I wanted to give you some basic tips and ideas for going green the laundry way. Every one of us does laundry in one form or another so it’s a basic household activity that, through some simple steps, can be made a little greener almost immediately. Here we go:
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1) Make sure you keep your laundry in a breathable bag or laundry basket. Stay away from plastic bags and bins. There’s no reason to include unneeded plastic in your laundry routines.
2) Wash your laundry with cold water. They’ll get clean just fine using cold water. If you have stains that you are worried about, pre-treat them.
3) If you are able to, hang your clothes out to dry rather than using the dryer. Let nature help you with the laundry.
4) Only wash when you have a full load of laundry. It wastes time, water and energy to run your washer if you only have half a load. Wait until you have a full load, then wash away. Be sure it isn’t too full though…
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5) Look for non-toxic cleaners. You don’t want toxins being added to your clothes. Toxins are no way to “clean” anything.
6) This goes for stain removers too. Some examples: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda can act as a natural deodorizer. A spray bottle filled with half water and half vinegar can be used to pre-treat stains. 1/2 cup of lemon juice added to the rinse cycle will help your laundry smell fresher and cleaner.
Now, if you have to dry clean, find a “green” dry cleaner in your area. And I don’t mean one that says it is green. I mean one that uses a method such as GreenEarth® Cleaning, Wet Cleaning or a CO2 Dry Cleaning method. You can learn a little about these options below:
And while New Yorkers would be smart to take advantage of Green Apple Cleaners and their CO2 dry cleaning method, anyone can take steps to green their entire laundry experience starting with getting a Green Garmento dry cleaning/laundry bag.
Made from recyclable, water resistant, breathable and eco-friendly material, the Green Garmento bag works whether you use it as a laundry bag, hamper, duffel or garment bag. When it gets dirty, simply toss it in the wash and hang it up to dry. Plus, no more of those plastic bags from the dry cleaner! That alone makes it a great deal.
Of course, if any of you are like Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, you can always opt for the special GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry) Green Garmento bag. Take it from Sorrentino when he says, “There’s nothing sexy about plastic bags“.
Now I must admit, I’ve personally had the chance to try out the Green Garmento bag (thanks Jennifer) and love it. It’s very versatile. You can wash it in with your regular laundry. It’s eco-friendly and it’s a wonderful way to not only store your clothes and/or transport your clothes to the dry cleaners, but transport them home sans plastic. (Although, you might have to get your family and dry cleaner genned in to the wonders of using a Green Garmento bag to bring the dry cleaning home ‘naked’.)
BONUS: Thanks to Green Garmento, a few of my readers also have a chance to win their very own Green Garmento bag! All you have to do is comment below and let us know what steps you take to green your laundry. Also tell why your household could use a Green Garmento bag!
Here’s to hoping everyone can take a few extra steps towards going green the laundry way!