Cleaning your clothes use up a lot of electricity and water. As a result, they’re one of the least eco-friendly tasks you can do around the home! Things are made worse when you have a big family, meaning you’re washing and drying multiple loads per week. It all leads to an expensive energy bill, not to mention a massive carbon footprint.
As a result, it’s time to be more conscious when we wash and dry clothes. Let’s look at a few suggestions to help you be more eco-friendly when undertaking this common household task:
Wash and dry by hand
Washing your clothes by hand will ensure you use less water and no electricity. It’s not the easiest thing to do, and it’s probably only reasonable for small families or people living alone.
On the contrary, drying your clothes by hand is one of the most manageable eco switches your family can make. Instead of plugging in your drier, hang the clothes on a washing line. You could even get a clothes horse to use indoors, meaning you don’t depend on good weather to dry your clothes. Again, this uses up zero electricity.
Wash on a lower temperature setting
For instances where you need to use a washing machine, set the temperature to as low as possible. There’s actually no need to wash your clothes with hot water unless they’re super dirty. If you just want to freshen them up, a colder setting will do the job, along with some good washing powder.
Replace the fluff filter in your dryer
Again, you might have to use a dryer in some instances. For example, if you need your clothes to be dried ASAP or you’re drying a big load. To maintain some eco-friendliness, check the cliff filter in your dryer. The chances are you haven’t ever replaced this since you bought the machine. Look for online appliance spare parts companies that sell replacements for your dryer. Why does it matter? An old filter won’t work, which basically stops your dryer from working effectively. It will need to be on for longer, resulting in more energy being used. A clean and brand new filter ensures optimal efficiency.
Wash as infrequently as possible
Try to stock up on enough clothes – specifically underwear – to last an entire week. This way, you can avoid washing and drying clothes too frequently. You’ll only need to do it once a week, so you use far less energy. This is harder with a large family, but try your best to fill the washing machine up with as many clothes as possible. Always leave about a quarter of the machine free as a packed machine won’t work efficiently. The main thing to avoid is washing tiny loads that only half-fill the drum.
Some of these tips are easier to stick to than others. Try your best to use as many of them as possible whenever you are cleaning your clothes. They should help you get the same results, but with less energy and water usage.