At the Greener Cleaner, we are all about saving energy and helping the environment. But we also understand that you don’t need to get your clothes professionally cleaned to contribute to the cause. Here are some easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint, save money, and lengthen the lifespan of your garments:
Many conventional laundry detergents contain chemicals that can hurt you and seep into the environment, contaminating groundwater. In particular, phosphates are notorious for negatively affecting ecosystems and marine life by causing algae growth. For an eco-friendly detergent, look for something phosphate-free and biodegradable.
Older washing machines can use up to 40 gallons of water per load of laundry. This is not just a waste of water, but a waste of money as well. High-efficiency washers bearing the Energy Star Logo use almost half of that, and save on electricity too! They may be more expensive, but they save you money in the long run, and they last longer.
Why run a tiny load in the machine when you could just soak it in the bathtub instead? Simple fill your tub with lukewarm water and a mild detergent solution and move the clothes around gently with your hands. This will add longevity to your clothes, and save water, electricity, and time.
Many clothing items like genes, sweaters, jackets, and even shirts can be worn a number of times before they actually need to be washed. Rotate your garments by keeping them in a cool, well-ventilated closet, and they will lose odors and creases in just a week or so.
In the olden days, everybody used to line dry their clothes. They may not get all warm and fuzzy, and it does take a little longer, but it significant reduces wear and tear on your clothing. The savings you make on gas and electricity are an extra bonus.