Apr
8
2014

Green Laundry Tips

Green Laundry Tips

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easy on mother earth and your wallet

I want to talk to you about green laundry tips. Making a few changes is not only great for Mother Earth, but even small changes can help keep more money in your wallet. I know, because I’ve been practicing these tips for years.
 

Tips for Laundering Clothes

Washer: Wash full loads when you can. If you can’t wash a full load, make sure you use your water level adjustment according to your size load. Clothes that aren’t heavily soiled can be washed on a shorter cycle. If you’re washing sheets or towels be sure to use the proper setting to get the best “spin for the job,” reducing drying time. Switch that little dial to cold/cold. I did that years ago, and I really believe it has made a big difference in my utility bills. During most months of the year, the water that comes out of your tap isn’t that cold, so you’ll likely be using warm water without drawing water from your hot water heater.
 

set your washing machine temperature to cold

Speaking of hot water heaters, check the temperature setting on your water heater. It should be set at 120º F maximum. You can reduce your overall hot water energy costs by lowering the temperature 10 degrees or more. Turn your garments inside out to keep bright colors bright and dark color dark. (Skip the dryer if you want to keep those new dark jeans looking new.) For stained clothes, check them over after the wash cycle. If you toss them into the dryer, the stain will be “set in” and nearly impossible to remove over the dryer cycle.
 

Dryer: Refrain from dumping clothes into the dryer. Shaking them out and separating them from a clump will also reduce drying time and lessen wrinkles. Use the proper drying cycle for the clothes you’re drying. Try to dry loads back to back while the dryer is already warmed up from a previous load. Dry appropriately sized loads. Too few clothes will not tumble correctly, while an oversized load will put a strain on your dryer. Clean the lint filter with EVERY dry cycle. A dirty lint screen will lengthen drying times. This is one of the best habits you can change. There are many dryer vent cleaners and accessoriesto help you with this task. I personally have the Lint Lizard and a dryer vent brush.
 

Alternate drying methods: Install an outdoor clothes line. There are several options such as an umbrella clothesline, pole to pole clothesline, or a retractable reel dryer. If you’re installing a pole to pole clothesline, it’s best to string it north to south for the most sunshine. Whichever choice you make, avoid installing it under trees or power lines, where you might be wasting your time after your feathered friends visit. Indoors you can use the old-fashioned wooden drying rack, fondly referred to as a “clothes horse” in our family. If you have a laundry room or basement you can install an indoor retractable clothesline. Drying clothes indoors during the winter months can add some much needed humidity to your home. Stackable sweater dryersare great for things that you don’t want to put in the dryer.
 

Remember that line drying doesn’t cause static cling.
 

Purple cloth hanging from a clothes line

I have a pole to pole clothesline and a couple of the wooden clothes horses. I love drying my sheets on the line in the sunshine. I’m always looking for more ways to go green, please leave your tip below so we can all learn more.
 

For more green inspiration, visit TrueValueProjects.com or stop by True Value’s Facebookpage.
 

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
 

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