Ahhh, the smell of fresh laundry on a crisp autumn day. Doing laundry can be such a therapeutic experience (only downfall? folding and putting away clothes..) but it’s time to stop using products that douse our clothes with chemicals and then go on to pollute our water system. Consider biodegradable detergents, laundry softeners and dryer sheets. They’re clean, chemical free, they don’t test on animals and they seriously get the job done! Three brands that are leading the way in this field are Method, Mrs. Myers and Seventh Generation. And they’re all super easy to find at Target or any local supermarket.
Green Tips for Laundry:
- Only buy 2x concentrated detergent. By cutting water out of the solution, you’re opting for smaller packaging, less plastic, and saved energy.
- Buy detergents that are plant based rather than petroleum based because they are biodegradable and we can stop relying on oil for these products.
- Make an effort to only do full loads of laundry (to save water) and to use cool water (to save energy used to heat water)
- When doing loads of white clothing, opt for baking soda to keep them bright rather than warm water.
Crazy Fact: if every household in the US switched just one of their petroleum based detergents to a natural plant based detergent, then we could save 466,000 barrels of oil which is enough to heat and cool 26,800 U.S. homes for a year. That’s insane! And too easy not to take part in! Check out my favorites below:
Allergic to fragrance? Then enjoy these products that are free & clear of perfumes and dyes:
Home Remedies brought to you by the one and only, Martha Stewart:
Whiten with Lemon: Fill a pot with water and a few slices of fresh lemon; bring the water to a boil. Turn off heat, add linens, and let soak for up to an hour; launder as usual.
Launder with Baking Soda: A baking soda paste (4 tbs baking soda mixed with equal parts water) can be used to treat stains, cut grease, etc. Just treat the stain with the baking soda paste, and then launder as usual. Have large items that need to be treated pre-wash? 1/4 c. baking soda mixed with 1 gallon of water should do the trick.
White Vinegar: When added to the rinse cycle, white vinegar cuts grease, softens water and whitens fabric. Consider adding 1/8 c. – 1/2 c. to the the first rinse cycle, followed by an extra rinse (to get all vinegar out).
Martha actually also has her own line of plant-based products that you can find here. Enjoy!