Your Eco Friendly Guide to Laundry

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Your Eco Friendly Guide to Launder Cotton Sleepwear

Washing and drying your clothes doesn’t have to be hard – and it definitely doesn’t have to be damaging to the environment.  Laundry is generally not a fun chore, but it is one that we all have to do. And your cotton sleepwear is no exception! By following some simple best practices for laundry washing and drying your sleepwear, we can make this chore a little more eco friendly and reduce our carbon emissions.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

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1. Use cold water whenever possible

In terms of washing, using cold water is always best, both for the environment and your energy bill. If you have a particularly dirty load of laundry, adding a little bit of baking soda or white vinegar can help to get it clean without using any extra hot water or energy.  Hot water accounts for almost 85% of the energy used when washing clothes. So if you can manage to use cold water instead, you’ll be making a big dent in your energy consumption (and your carbon emissions). 

If you do have a load of laundry that needs to be washed in hot water, try washing half of it in cold water and the other half in hot water. That way, you can still save energy and be eco friendly without having to compromise on cleanliness.

In general, cold water is just as effective at getting clothes clean – and it’s better for your clothes, too, since it prevents them from fading and shrinking.

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2. Use eco friendly laundry detergent

When choosing laundry detergent, look for brands that are biodegradable and phosphate-free. Phosphates can cause harmful algae blooms in waterways, while biodegradable detergents will break down quickly and safely.  There are now a number of detergents on the market that are designed specifically for eco friendly laundering. These detergents are biodegradable and often use less packaging than traditional detergents. They also work just as well as regular detergents, so there’s no need to compromise on performance.

You can also make your own laundry detergent using natural ingredients like baking soda and vinegar. This is a great option if you have allergies or sensitivities to store-bought detergents.

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3. Wash full loads whenever possible

Washing half a load of laundry uses just as much energy as washing a full load. So if you can manage to fit all of your laundry into one load, you’ll be using less energy – and reducing your carbon emissions in the process. 

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4. Washing cotton fabrics

When it comes to laundry, cotton is a good fabric to choose. Cotton is a natural fibre and is biodegradable. It is one of the strongest natural fibres around as it is more durable and resistant than other fabrics. It is also relatively easy to launder and does not require special care.  Cotton is a great choice when it comes to being environmentally friendly, because it doesn’t require harsh chemicals or a lot of energy to wash and dry. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, washing cotton in cold water can reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%!

When laundering cotton clothes, be sure to use cold water whenever possible. Hot water can cause them to shrink and fade more quickly.  Heating water accounts for the majority of the energy used in doing laundry.

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5. Air dry your clothes whenever possible 

Drying your clothes using an electrical dryer is a major source of energy consumption – it accounts for about 5% of the average home’s energy use and is not kicking any of your eco friendly goals.

If you can air dry your clothes instead, you’ll be saving yourself some money on your utility bills and reducing your carbon emissions. And even if you only air dry half of your load, you’ll still be making a difference.

  • Hang clothes to dry whenever possible. Not only does this save energy, but it also helps your clothes last longer. 
  • Drying your clothes outside also gives them a fresh smell that just can’t be beaten!
  • Avoid using a dryer altogether if you can. Pegs before power as they say! 

But if you do need to use the dryer, there are a few things you can do to make it more environmentally friendly:- 

  • Use a dryer ball to reduce drying time.
  • Try to use a low or medium heat setting whenever possible; high heat uses more energy and can damage your clothes. 
  • You can also save energy by only running the dryer when you have a full load. 
  • And if you have a moisture sensor dryer, make sure to use it; this will automatically shut off the dryer when your clothes are done, preventing any unnecessary waste.
  • Make sure the lint filter has been cleaned after every load to ensure that the machine is running efficiently.

Now that you know how important it is to take care of your sleepwear, as well as be eco-friendly, we hope you’ll keep these tips in mind the next time you do laundry.

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Do you have any eco friendly laundry tips of your own to share? We’d love to hear them! Please share with us in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy washing!

Wishing you good nights & days ahead.

La’Dormir

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