IT’S SPRING AND IT’S TIME TO DETOX …HOW TO CLEAN YOUR LAUNDRY AND MAKE IT MORE ECO-FRIENDLY
Like the kitchen and the bathroom, the laundry is another area that needs Spring cleaning. For many the first thing that comes to mind is all the detergents and chemicals lurking in your cupboard, but you may be surprised there are a few other changes when washing clothes that can make a huge difference, particularly if everyone takes these steps.
Use an Energy efficient Washer Control the Temperature: If you need a new washer, look at getting an energy efficient model. Make sure it saves on both water and energy, which will mean lower bills for you. But it doesn’t mean if your current machine is working fine that you should go out and replace it.
Turn the heat down: Did you know about 90 percent of the energy associated with washing your clothes involves heating the water. Maybe you should set the dial to cold. There are many detergents out there that wash just as well in cold water as in hot. So why are you wasting the energy?
Wash only with full loads: I know it is very tempting to wash clothes as you need them, but if your washer is half full you are using a lot of energy. Did you know that even with the most energy efficient washing machine you use 150 litres of water per load. Try saving on the number of loads you do, by ensuring they are all full loads – less energy and water, and less costs.
Hang your clothes out to dry: Avoid using a clothes dryer. Not only will save on using energy, but you save on your electricity bills, keep the shape of your clothes and extend their life. So use your clothes line or clothes rack.
Use non-chlorine bleach: Not only is chlorine bleach bad for our waterways, but bad for your health. Oxygen bleach is an excellent cleaner at removing organic stains on clothes or around the house. 100% Sodium Percarbonate has effective formula that is gentle on you, your family and the environment. Give our MiEco 100% Sodium Percarbonate a try: https://bit.ly/2k2xf9V
Clothes pegs: There are things like clothes pegs that we don’t think about. We forget that these everyday items do eventually end up in landfill or if they even fall off the line, they can eventually end up in our waterways. That is why bamboo clothes pegs or stainless steel pegs, such as pegs you can find in our shop are both sustainable, reusable and biodegradable (in the case of bamboo pegs). Learn more: https://bit.ly/2ksvOC4
Switch to eco-friendly detergents and stain removers: Do you know what is in your detergents? Many detergents contain toxins and pollutants that can affect our skin and the waterways. Many companies producing detergents, cleaners and sanitisers will tell you that their products will get rid of all the dirt, stains, mould, bacteria and viruses without too much rubbing or soaking. How can they do this? Of course, most have to include a concoction of chemicals to ensure stains and germs are removed quickly, but what are these chemicals doing to you, your family and your home?
Make the earthly passionate move to spring clean your laundry.
Attracta & the earthly passion team.