Don’t let your dirty laundry be a dirty environmental habit. A single load in the washing machine can use up to 40 gallons of water. You can’t stop washing your clothes altogether (this is, after all, spring cleaning month), but you can follow a few tips to save water, choose greener products, or even go low-tech.
Spring Cleaning: Hang Up Your Laundry Habits
Since I know y’all won’t click the link (I wouldn’t have if I weren’t running this blog), here are the highlights:
- Only wash full loads to avoid wasting water. Permanent press cycle uses extra gallons of water for a second rinse.
- Wash on cold, because water heating is the home’s second biggest energy suck.
- Do it at the laundromat! The bigger washers and dryers use energy more efficiently.