You don’t need to pull out the washboard to be budget-friendly and environmentally friendly (though, we admit, it doesn’t hurt…but who has the time, really?). There are plenty of ways to save money, save a little damage to the environment, and get your clothes clean. Try out these simple tips:
1. Dryerballs instead of laundry dryer sheets – They soften fabrics naturally, reduce drying time, and prevent you from having to buy boxes and boxes of chemical-laden laundry dryer sheets. Check out our review of Nellie’s Dryerballs.
2. Hang clothes to dry by the sun – Drying by sun preserves your clothes longer, saves energy (a lot of energy), acts as a mild bleaching agent, and UV rays in sunshine provide for an extra level of sterilization.
3. Only wash clothes when they’re dirty – No, we’re not advocating the sniff test for everything that comes off you, but if you wore something for an hour or two, it’s probably not dirty. And if you packed an out-of-town bag and didn’t wear everything, when you come home to do laundry, separate before simply throwing the whole lot into the wash.
4. Run the washer machine on the cold cycle – There’s really no reason for washing with hot water, and using the cold cycle will prevent wasted energy from the water heater.
5. Run the wash when it’s full – Half loads are not energy-conscious!
6. Delicate washing – Wash your delicates by dissolving 1/4 cup Borax and one to two tablespoons detergent in a basin of warm water and soaking them for ten minutes.
7. Make Your Own Laundry Detergent – Borax, washing soda, bar soap and water are the only ingredients you’ll ever need…read about how to make your own laundry detergent.
8. Don’t overload your washer – Clothes need room to agitate, otherwise they won’t necessarily get clean.
With a few simple modifications to your routine, your budget will be reaping the benefits of your plan, as will the environment. Now that is budget-eco friendly!