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Green your Laundry Room

12 Oct

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:

 

 

Method Fresh Air Detergent, 50 Loads, $15.50

 

 

buy Mrs. Meyer's basil detergent (64 loads) & dryer sheets together online, $18 (savings of $5)

 

 

Seventh Generation Delicate Care Laundry Detergent

 

 

Did you know that most fabric softeners are filled with animal by-products? Yuck! Go vegan with this Method Aloe & Lily Fabric Softener, $7, which uses plant oils to make your clothes soft and fresh

 

 

Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Bleach (Kosher, Non-Toxic and not tested on animals!)

 

Allergic to fragrance? Then enjoy these products that are free & clear of perfumes and dyes:

 

Mrs. Meyers Scent Free Detergent, 64 Loads

 

 

Method Free and Clear Detergent

 

 

Method Squeaky Green Free & Clear Dryer Sheets

 

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.

 

mmm.. lemony fresh!

 

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.

 

cheap. easy. effective.

 

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!

 

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the METHOD way

14 Sep

Method products are leading the green industry in how to do household products correctly! Started by two guys who were shocked to find out how many toxins are in cleaners, they decided to combine their chemical engineering and marketing degrees in order to create this fabulous company, nearly 10 years ago. Most likely you have seen their products lining the aisles of Target in their fun shaped recyclable bottles and beautiful colors. They stick to flowers, fruits and herbs for fragrance, naturally derived surfactants to clean and remove dirt, and they make their products in a sustainable way. Their marketing strategies are genius (they’re even being discussed in college marketing classes!) but its all for good reason. We’d want to brag too! 100% recycled plastic, never tested on animals, only use renewable and natural ingredients, and its safe for people and furry friends! If you’ve never used Method before, try out our picks below!

Peony Blossom Laundry Detergent. ultra concentrated, 100% biodegradable, and fights a mean stain! Smells great and also not tested on animals? Yes please! $15.50

Sea Minerals Body Wash

Sea Minerals Body Wash. this body wash is an everyday must! it smells like the ocean and is soft and gentle on your skin! $6.50

Clementine Dishsoap

Clementine Dishsoap. A little goes a long way. And how can you resist this yummy smell?! It makes washing dishes that much better! $4

Multi-Surface Spray in Pink Grapefruit.. I use it EVERYWHERE! Smells awesome & cleans everything away! $4.50

Smarty Dish Non-Toxic Dishwasher Tablets. Does the work without hurting Earth. $6