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Go Green: Environmentally Friendly Laundry

Looking for ways to go green? Check out the Domestic CEO’s 3 cheap and easy tips to go green in your laundry room!

By
Amanda Thomas,
Episode #064

Go Green: Environmentally Friendly Laundry

In an earlier episode, I talked about how to cut down on the amount of trash you create in your kitchen. I’m sticking with the going green topic again this week. Hopefully after reading or listening to my episode on greening up your kitchen, you’ve been inspired to implement a few of those ideas into your own home and are already seeing a change in the amount of trash filling your garbage bins.

In today’s episode, I have some more ways to go green. This time I’m going to focus on the laundry room, specifically on doing laundry. These tips to go green are small changes that you can make while doing your weekly laundry. I’m not going to recommend you go out and spend a ton of money on a new high efficiency washer and dryer (although I would recommend that if you are in the market for a new washer or dryer that you look at the high efficiency models – I’ll give you a couple of reasons why in a bit).

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For today, the 3 easy tips I’m sharing with you are all small things that you can do to lessen your impact on the environment while doing the laundry in your home.

Tip #1: Always Run Full Loads

First off, I love writing the Domestic CEO episodes because I often learn a few things while researching. My “A-ha” moment this week came when I found out that the average washing machine uses 40 gallons of water per load. That’s right, forty gallons of water per load! That’s the equivalent of turning on your bathroom sink and letting it run for about 14 minutes. I’m guessing you would feel a little guilty watching that much wasted water go down the drain, so hopefully this image will prevent you from ever again starting a load for just one shirt or a few towels.

See also: Laundry 101

 

If you have less than half of a load of laundry, consider waiting a few more days or at least grabbing a few extra items from around the house before starting the load. Whenever I have a smaller load, I wander around my house looking for linens that haven’t been washed lately. I can usually find some pillow cases, hand towels, or even a small blanket to toss into the wash. They need to be cleaned occasionally anyway, so by tossing them in with other clothes, it keeps me from having to run another load in the future.

Now, some of the front loaders and high efficiency machines use less water, but they still average around 25 gallons of water per load. This is not reason enough to get rid of your perfectly good older washer, but if you are in the market for a new washing machine, you may want to consider an HE model to save about 3,000 gallons of water a year.

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