Loving Your Laundry: Go Green

We’ve touted the benefits of homemade cleaning supplies before and promoted new gizmos that cut down on your laundry carbon footprint. But Susie J gets a lot more pleasure out of her time in the laundry room than we ever have — and she thinks you will be a “laundry day is the best day of the week” convert if you follow her thirteen steps to eco-friendly, non-toxic, all natural laundry bliss. We think we can pull off some, but not all, of these laundry day enhancers. After all, we’re not “The Budget Housekeeperist,” are we?

Our three favorites tips from Susie J:

~ The first step is to eliminate all artificial scents from your laundry supply shelf. This includes dryer sheets. Google the health effects of artificial air fresheners, and chemical dryer sheets and look at the list of toxins. Invest in some pure essential oils from the health food store – scents that not only have a heavenly aroma, but also are actually good for your body, and repel fabric-eating insects. Lavender is a great one to start with.

~ Disinfect and deodorize your washing machine so that your clothes will not absorb a lingering musty smell. You can do this pretty easily by pouring two cups of vinegar into your machine, and run a full cycle — without any clothes or detergent. If your water is very dirty, let the agitator run for 8-10 minutes, open the lid and let the vinegar sit overnight. In the morning, empty the basin and run the washer through a complete cycle with two cups of vinegar. Do this every six months to eliminate soap scum, and musty smells.

~ Buy some doggie toys at the grocery store — the kind with balls and pokey things, for about $1.00. Use those as dryer balls (that sell for about $20). They do help lift the laundry and help things dry faster — I also throw one in the washer.