Friday, May 14, 2010

Eco-Friendly Friday: Cleaner Greener Laundry

Did you know that doing laundry is one of the most energy intensive activities in our homes? The folks at Seventh Generation claim that 90% of the energy footprint associated with doing laundry comes from heating hot water. That means that by simply washing more loads of laundry with cold water...we can make a huge impact on our planet...and our utility bills :-)

So what other eco-friendly changes can we make in the laundry room? For starters...you can switch to detergents that are formulated for cold water. I have used Seventh Generations Baby detergent for a while now and it does a great job of getting out some seriously nasty baby stains, especially when paired with their Chlorine-Free Bleach.


And the best part about buying products from eco-friendly companies like Seventh Generation is the satisfaction you get from knowing that you are doing your part for our planet just by doing your laundry :-)

Another great eco-friendly company that I buy products from all the time is Method. I got hooked on their handsoap a while back, and I am interested in trying their new laundry detergent. The formula is made from 95% natural and renewable ingredients and it comes in this teeny tiny bottle that takes less energy to make, and is only a third of the waste of normal detergent bottles.


Be sure to check out Method's website for coupons if you want to try it too :-)

Now, if we are going to talk about going green in our laundry rooms, then we can't forget about the second energy-wasting culprit...the dryer. I have heard SO many people talk about using dryerballs and I had been meaning to give them a shot. Well, I finally picked up a set from ReusableBags.com and I LOVE THEM! I bought the Nellie's PVC-Free Dryerballs...


Nellie's also makes these fantastic All-Natural Fragrance Sticks that are a great substitute for using chemical-laden dryer sheets. And speaking of which, if you are looking to do away with dryer sheets all together but worry about static...try these fantastic Static Eliminator Reusable Dryer Sheets.


My friend Natalie over at ReusableBags.com also gave me a great tip about static. She explained that static is often caused by over drying so if you use your Nellie's Dryerballs...you can reduce your drying time by 15-25%! This will not only eliminate static and wrinkles, but also save you money in the long run :-)

These are obviously all great solutions to our dryer problem, but if you really want to save some money and the planet...take advantage of the warm days of summer and skip the dryer all together. You can get a package of wooden clothes pins at Target for $1.50.

Plus...nothing beats the scent of fresh summer air :-)

Well there you go! I hope these laundry tips will help you go a little greener in your laundry room. If you have any great tips for laundry, or would like to recommend any products you use, be sure to comment below. Happy Friday everyone!!

4 comments:

  1. Great post, Jen! You actually made me WANT to do laundry!

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  2. This was a great and helpful post! Where do you buy those laundry products? Are they super pricey??

    Also, do you know of any natural cleaning wipes (similar to the Lysol or Clorox bleach wipes but not all the chemicals)?

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  3. Bre - I sent you an e-mail, but I thought I would comment here as well in case anyone else was curious. You can actually find all Seventh Generation and Method products at Target and if you check the websites, they almost always have coupons you can print. That's what I do :-) They are a bit pricey, in comparison to other detergents, but again...I think it is worth it sometimes :-)

    And as for the cleaning wipes, Seventh Generation and Method both make some and they are biodegradable. But if you really want to save some money and skip all the tossing of the disposable wipes, buy the new Seventh Generation all natural disinfecting cleaner and use a machine washable cleaning sponge to wipe down your counters. Jewel has washable microfiber cleaning sponges in their $Dollar isle :-)

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  4. I need to get the dryer balls! And the dryer sheets! I don't use any currently... staaaatic! Ha!

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