Last Updated on August 17, 2021 by lindseymahoney
With Earth Day approaching, I am excited to share 5 easy ways to make your laundry room a little more green! These simple changes can save energy and reduce plastic while doing laundry every day.
5 Tips to Make Your Laundry Room Green
1 | Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Save energy by washing all of your clothes in cold water! Just by switching from hot water to cold water, you can save 90% of the energy of every load of laundry!
Along with using less energy, washing clothes in cold water prevents fading and shrinkage as well. It also helps you to save money on your energy bill. Start washing in cold water and never look back!
2 | Dropps
This detergent is delivered in a recyclable/compostable cardboard box. The Dropps detergent pods are made without plastic to avoid polluting our waterways with plastic bits. I never realized that the other pods were made in a plastic pouch that did not fully dissolve! I have been using the lavender-scented pods and really like the smell. These detergent pods also come with a small pouch that they recommend placing the pod in with cold water loads. This was the one area where I felt could use improvement. The pouch is really small and is hard to locate after a complete cycle. I gave up on the pouch and drop the pods into cold water cycles and haven’t had any issues.
3 | Dryer Balls or Clothes Line
Ditch the dryer sheets and opt for the reusable dryer balls. If it’s the scent of dryer sheets you like so much, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil on each ball and achieve the same effect!
Another easy way to save energy is to utilize the sun and skip the dryer! Pull out a clothesline in the summer and let the sun make your whites even whiter. If you don’t love the look of a clothesline in your backyard, they now make retractable clotheslines that you can remove when it is not in use. Jessica Helgerson of JH Interiors has a great Instagram highlight all about the benefits of line drying clothes.
For drying your clothes indoors, I love the look of a Sheila Maid. This is on my list of items to purchase this year! The collapsable drying clothes rack is another great option for smaller spaces and can be folded up neatly when not in use. Lex, from Brooks & Stone, shows how beautiful a Sheila Maid can look in a laundry room space!
4 | LED Light Bulbs
Swapping out your old light bulbs for energy-efficient LED’s is one of the easiest ways to save energy in your laundry room! LEDs use 80-90% less energy than your standard CFL lightbulb and are affordable too!
5 | At Home Dry Cleaning
Dryel is an at-home dry cleaning kit for your delicate clothes. The kit is really easy to use and includes a stain stick to pre-treat any problem areas. With Dryel, you can avoid the harsh chemicals used at a typical dry-cleaning store.
I use Grandma’s Secret Spot remover and an old toothbrush to scrub out touch stains. Our clothes that we wear out last longer because they look clean and stain-free! Full transparency, I could definitely improve with this tip and my kids clothing, but it is a product I use all the time!
Looking for more energy-saving tips? Check out the 10 ways to make your bathroom more energy efficient!
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