Help keep the environment clean while keeping your clothes clean! This week, learn tips for making your laundry routine eco-friendly.

Use an Efficient Machine

High-efficiency washing machines are designed to use less water and energy. Check your appliance’s usage and be aware of its specifications.

Use Cold Water

According to Smithsonian Magazine, “roughly 75 percent of the energy required to do a load of laundry goes into heating the water.” Hot water can also cost more and raise your utility bill. Using cold water during your laundry cycle can reduce these impacts!

Air-Dry Your Clothes

Skipping the dryer and letting your clothes air-dry can also cut down on energy and utility costs. Try hanging your clothes on a clothesline, or put them up on hangers in your laundry room. You can even just half the time clothes spend in the dryer and then take them out to finish the process au naturel.

Cut Down on Extras

Consider skipping buying fabric softener or dryer sheets on your next run for laundry supplies. Besides adding chemicals to your load, there are reusable options that can take their place and cut down on waste, like cotton dryer balls.