The Palisadian-Post has partnered with locally based environmental nonprofit Resilient Palisades to deliver a weekly “green tip” to readers of the paper.
Did you know that one of the easiest ways to create a healthier home and planet is by greening your laundry? Here are five tips to help you get you started:
- Go cold: Choosing “cold” instead of “warm” or “hot” water for just two loads per week can reduce your output of carbon dioxide by 500 pounds every year. Most detergents use enzymes that react better in cold water anyway. (For a fun game, keep a pad and pen handy and note every time you “go cold.” Then have the kids tally up your carbon savings at the end of the month.)
- Powder over liquid: Opting for powder over liquid helps reduce your carbon footprint from plastic use and transportation weight. Also go for minimal ingredients and essential oils in lieu of synthetic chemicals. (Soap nuts are the most environmentally friendly option available on the market.)
- The new bleach: Hydrogen peroxide (3% strength from your pharmacy or supermarket) takes a few extra minutes but is just as effective as bleach without the noxious gas.
- 1-2-3-dry: Laundry balls separate clothes and reduce static electricity more effectively than dryer sheets, while reducing dry time by 10% to 30%. Use three to four used tennis balls or wool laundry balls.
- Energy Star: Energy Star washers use about 25% less energy and 33% less water; while Energy Star dryers use about 20% less energy (without compromising any performance).
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