It’s unfair that something as positive as cleaning our clothing has such negative effects on the environment, but it does. In fact, the traditional way of laundering can alter the formation of aquatic vegetation due to its toxic makeup while also releasing excess amounts of CO2’s into the atmosphere. Laundering also adds to landfill pollution as the plastic bottles are hard to recycle, and the chemical formula used can cause the growth of certain respiratory disorders as well as other health problems.
It is certainly safe to say that laundering is a necessary evil – we must clean our wears or they will become grimy, and then we would be rightfully outcasted as smelly bums. However, there are a few easy things we can do do to reduce the negative impact of laundering.
7 Simple Ways to Green-up your Laundry Routine:
1. Use Eco-friendly Detergents: For every conventional product, there is a Eco-friendly alternative! Ditch the traditional detergents and look for varieties that contain minimal synthetic ingredients such as Rock n Green or Eco Nuts.
4. Ditch the Dryer Sheets: Dryer sheets are toxic and polluting – they contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and the old sheets do not biodegrade. Ditch them and toss a few wool dryer balls in the dryer instead; my friends over at healthy Living How To shares a great tutorial on how to make your own, check it out here
5. Line Dry: Line drying is another great way to cut down on CO2 emissions, there are all sizes available from small indoor drying racks to the larger outdoor line dryers.
6. Make your own detergent: It may surprise you how simple it is to make your own laundry detergent that effectively cleans while preserving the integrity of the environment. My friends at Eco-Friendly Daily shares a simple DIY laundry detergent recipe, check it out here
7. Energy efficient Appliances: Cut down on emissions and save money by purchasing or switching to energy efficient appliances.