If you are akin to the typical American household, you'll wash, dry and fold about 400 loads of laundry this year. Mindful parents are thinking of ways to save water and energy. While I cannot think of any ways to keep your kids cleaner (who wants to skip spaghetti and meatballs!), I can give you a round up of ways to lighten the environmental load.
Switch to HE Front Loader: Conventional washers use about 40 gallons of water per full load. That's a lot of fresh water going to waste. Front loaders like the Whirlpool Duet can reduce water use by nearly 40 percent. The water sits at the bottom on the washer and the laundry flips around on a horizontal axis--much more efficient--saving you 20 to 25 gallons of water per wash.
Line Dry: Turn that dryer off and place your laundry in the air to dry. While this isn't practical with everything, we line-dry our shirts and towels. You'll save a few bucks and all the energy that was powering your dryer--and it is much gentler on your clothes. For more tips on letting it all "hang out" go here.
Cold Wash: When you can swing it, switch from warm to cold. Heating the water uses extra energy. We wash just about everything dark colored in cod.
Wear it Multiple Times: No, not when it is stinky or stained. But somehow my kids got into the habit of tossing pjs in the hamper after one wear. No way!
Cut back on the detergent: Read the instructions on your laundry detergent. Chances are you've been using too much. Not only does this hurt your fabrics it also leads to more bottles in the trash.
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