While we’re not completely eco-friendly, we’re taking small steps to save the earth and a little money along the way. How about a little how to launder your money? Not the illegal laundering, but saving some dough with your laundry. We recently picked up an Energy Star rated, front loading washer and dryer.
Of course, the Energy Star rating means the appliances are energy-efficient, which saves us some moolah (both in our monthly bills, but we also scored them at a great price) and is a green appliance choice.
Don’t have the loot to drop on a new, more efficient set? Try some or all of these ideas to further save money. We use high-efficiency, low-sudsing detergent. Because the washer uses so little water, we were able to cut down on the amount of soap we use with each load. And the regular soap and the HE soap are around the same price at Costco. For an eco-friendly and skin-healthy bonus, try a free and clear (no perfume or dye) detergent.
We try to make every load of laundry a full one, so we’re eliminating another round. Of course, this is partly because I loathe laundry, though, not as much as I used to. We also set the temperature to tap cold/cold, to eliminate the need to heat the water. Because we wash nearly everything on cold, we don’t have to separate our clothes. Just toss everything together and wash, again, partly due to laziness.
Or, we could make our own soap like the folks at Yellow Brick Home.
Now that we have the new, larger dryer, our clothes dry in about half the time it took for our old dryer. To help speed the drying process, I used dryer balls in our old unit. Of course, with nice weather, line drying is the most eco-friendly option. Though, birds always seem to crap on my stuff. But, the smell of line-dried clothes is great.
What about you guys at home? Do you have any green laundry ideas? Have you made your own laundry soap? Perhaps you swear by a specific brand? Do you use the dryer balls? I’ve seen commercials for Mr. Steamy. Have you tried this? We opted not to get the steam dryer, so this might be a good substitute. I think I hate ironing more than I hate doing laundry. Scratch that, I hate folding clothes more than I hate the washing process. That’s easy now.
Everyone Anyone just hate doing laundry?