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We all complain about laundry. And if Mother Earth could talk, sheâ€™d be doing more kvetching than anybody. From the water it uses to the energy it requires to the toxic, non-biodegradable chemicals it routinely involves, the carbon footprint laundry leaves is a large one. The following tips can help you to minimize the environmental and economic impact of this inevitable chore:
1. Stay cool. Washing all your laundry on cold can visibly shrink your electric bill. Some grass- and oil-stained garments may require a warmer wash, but a cold wash works for most loads.
2. Less is less. Always wash your clothing in the least amount of water necessary. This may seem like a no-brainer, but often people give their garments much more swimming room than necessary. Theyâ€™re not fish!
3. Let it all hang out. Nylon, spandex, and other man-made fabrics dry quickly when hung. Be sure to examine your washed load for garments that donâ€™t need to go into the dryer. This could account for a big portion of the load and save you considerable drying time.
4. Think before you toss. At the end of a busy day, weâ€™re tired. Weâ€™d rather throw everything we wear into the hamper than take the time to hang or fold clothes that might not really need washing. Remember, by washing things that donâ€™t really need it, weâ€™re creating more work for ourselves later, not to mention for poor Mama Nature.
5. Get some sustainable suds. Choose an eco-friendly detergent, like the fun and funky Laundry Tarts which comes in scents including Apple Pie, Black Forest Cake, and Cinnamon Bun. Their products are hypoallergenic, 100% vegan, and free of phosphates, EDTA, phthalates, parabens, SLS, SLES, nitrates, sulphites and chlorine. They are also completely biodegradable, including the packaging, which is made with soy inks and recycled bags and breaks down in any compost.