Laundry that’s good for you is good for your clothing, the environment and – most importantly – your body! The laundry room is one of the places you can make a big impact on both energy savings and products that are put next to your skin every day! Here are some ways to do laundry that’s good for you:
Pick a good detergent.
Whatever you do, don’t pick a pod detergent! They may seem convenient, but they’re really not good for anyone. Some of the best detergents for your body are going to be both eco-friendly and non-allergenic. They key is to avoid detergents with dyes, preservatives, or perfumes that can irritate your skin – and even provoke asthma or headaches! We recently did a full rundown of top detergents, depending upon your laundry needs. And remember, you don’t need as much detergent as you think you do! Less is usually better for you, the environment, and your clothing.
Do your part to save energy.
Energy savings equipment can definitely help the health of the planet! And Speed Queen has some of the most efficient But the equipment you use is only part of the story! The way that you wash and dry your laundry can make a much bigger impact on the environment than type of the machines you’re using. Loading the machine properly, washing with cold water, and using the right amount of detergent can make a big difference.
Be efficient with your time.
Being efficient with your laundry can save your time and help the environment. Create a system for yourself and track your laundry cycles with a timer on your phone so you can multi-task and get other important tasks done in between cycles. It also helps to sort your laundry by weight and fabric type, as they’ll have more even drying. This means that you be efficient with each load by either extending or cutting short your drying cycles.
Use non-chlorine bleach
Chlorine bleach is unnecessarily entering into the environment, when a non-chlorine bleach can be used. This has a negative impact on wildlife populations – and causes pollution that’s linked to cancer in humans! Plus chlorine bleach will often irritate your skin or eyes, which you’ve likely experienced at some level if you’ve used it recently. You can buy a branded version of non-chlorine bleach, easily found in the detergent aisle. However, most non-chlorine bleach is actually just hydrogen peroxide – which is easily found at most drug stores!
Skip the dryer sheets.
Dryer sheets are clearly bad for you and the environment… and they’re not doing any good to your clothing either! They break down the fibers of your clothing – which may feel soft but shortens their life. Plus, they have neurotoxins and other cancer-causing chemicals, and they’re certainly not recyclable! You can buy eco-friendly ones, or use wool dryer balls. If you miss having a yummy scent, you could use a couple of drops of an essential oil or throw in a sachet of dried lavender.
Don’t forget we’re in the Pacific Northwest, and close by and available to help you with your equipment or other laundry trips! Give our representatives at Coin Meter a call to meet or chat on the phone about any concerns.