Creating A Sustainable Laundry Room
Making a difference to our planetary health can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Starting within the home you can create a sustainable lifestyle that works for you, our planet and health. Follow us room-to-room as we help you create more sustainable spaces!
Creating a Sustainable Laundry Room:
Our laundry rooms function to keep things clean, so shouldn’t they also help protect our environment from becoming dirty? Making the swap to sustainable laundry room habits can reduce energy use, water consumption, costs and time spent.
Track your progress… Print this as a checklist!
Switch to organic laundry cleaning products
Conventional laundry products can be loaded with harsh chemicals. Commit to USDA Certified Organic Laundry Products whenever possible to protect your health and our planet. GO by greenshield organic™ Laundry Detergent is made with sustainable and non-toxic ingredients and packaged in recyclable plant-based bottles.
Do laundry less often
Help save energy and water consumption by making your laundry last longer. Towels, bed linens or infrequently used items can be washed once a week or less often when possible. Challenge yourself to wear your clothing more than once before washing, which can also help preserve the fabric and keep it looking good longer!
Wash laundry the right way
Learn how to properly wash, dry and care for your laundry to ensure an effective clean and efficient machine. Our Comprehensive Laundry Guide will walk you through the fundamentals of laundry symbols, non-toxic stain removal, sorting and washing techniques.
Wash clothes in cold water
It takes a lot of energy to produce hot water for laundry. Hot water can also cause some stains to set and damage certain fabrics so a good rule of thumb is to use cold water whenever possible. Our Comprehensive Laundry Guide can help you make this determination based on more specific laundering needs.
Hang dry your laundry
Hang dry your laundry when you can to cut on energy consumption. This strategy can also prolong the life of many fabrics that can be damaged by heat.
Invest in natural fiber fabrics
Synthetic materials can break down and contribute to water pollution. Instead, opt for clothes and textiles made of natural fibers which break down naturally in our environment. Bonus: Plant-based materials also capture carbon before being harvested!
Swap out lightbulbs
Install energy efficient LED lighting or CFL bulbs, instead of incandescent lighting to cut down on energy use and always be sure to turn off your laundry room lights when not in use.
Upgrade your appliances
Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances if your washing machine and dryer are past their prime. Malfunctioning and inefficient machines contribute to major energy use and can be be ineffective at cleaning and drying laundry, even causing damage to fabrics.
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