Eco-friendly laundry. How to start?
The trend of being eco-friendly has taken over the world. It’s great! In addition to the changes introduced by the governments of many countries and the actions of environmentalists, we notice that large corporations and ordinary consumers are also starting to care for Mother Nature. People recycle rubbish, avoid plastic, eat less meat, and turn their backs on consumerism because they realize that the future of our planet lies in their hands. Changes should be introduced step by step, starting with everyday life. One of the elements of our everyday life is doing laundry. That is why today we will show you why eco-style washing is worthwhile and how to do it at all.
Say NO to chemicals
A study conducted by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs found that every load of laundry contains around five grams of detergent which ends up in the ocean. These detergents are the most toxic pollutants because they attract the fat-loving pollutants in the ocean, which attach to them and increase their toxicity. Detergent pollution is also a major threat to fish, seabirds and marine mammals because the detergents destroy their protective outer coating, leaving them more susceptible to infection and toxic shock.
How to wash your clothes in an eco-friendly way?
First of all, don’t wash clothes as often as possible. You should wash your clothes when they are dirty, and not because the last time you washed was a month ago. Try to wash clothes in cold water especially if the clothes are not dirty. Cold water does not damage clothes and it also is kind of saving energy for the environment because cold water does not require as much energy to heat up. If you have a front-loading washing machine, use it. Front-loading washing machines use 30% of the water and energy required by top-loading machines. If you already have a top-loading machine, then don’t use the extra rinse option for every load. Extra rinse option can also waste water and energy. Unless the load is really dirty, skip this feature. Also, remember to use the right detergent type for the right type of clothes. Using the wrong detergent can actually cause damage to the clothing and the environment. Use cold water detergent for darks and warm or hot water detergent for lights. This way you don’t have to use as much detergent because they are not needing to fight dirt as much.
Choose all-natural detergents
In addition to the method of washing, the choice of a washing machine is also important (modern washing machines are much more eco-friendly). And, of course, the detergent. You can make it yourself or buy a no plastic laundry detergent from one of the leading manufacturers on the market.
Laundry detergent is one of the few things around the house that can save you money if you make your own, and it is incredibly easy to do. Making your own laundry detergent is also a great way to avoid harmful chemicals and perfumes, as well as help you to reduce your carbon footprint. Making your own laundry detergent is also a great way to avoid harmful chemicals, perfumes and other additives from your laundry detergent. If you do not have a source of washing soda and borax, you can get them in your local grocery store in the laundry aisle. If you cannot find these ingredients, try ordering them online. Many grocery stores also carry their own versions of the ingredients in their baking section. Here is what you will need: 2 cups of washing soda 1 cup borax 1 cup of water softener 1 bar of soap (grated or finely chopped).
Or buy a good quality detergent
Regardless of whether you make the detergent yourself or buy a product from a proven manufacturer, the effect will be the same: your laundry will become more eco-friendly. However, remember that before you buy the selected product, you should carefully check its composition and read reviews about it to see that it is really 100% natural.