When it comes to green living, your consumption of water and energy are some of your biggest concerns. Unfortunately, both of these come into play in a big way when you do your laundry. With this in mind, how might you reduce the environmental effects of your clothes-washing routine? Bellevue Dry Cleaning offers the following tips:
- Use colder water whenever possible. Garments that are indicated for warm water can be safely washed in cold, and only benefit from warmer temperatures if they have difficult stains to remove.
- Fill up the machine as much as you reasonably can. Don’t pack it to the top, as this will significantly reduce the effects of your wash or dry cycle, but try not to underfill your machine either.
- Don’t over-dry your clothes. This is not only wasting energy, but also damaging some of your more delicate fabrics. Many garments benefit from being taken out of the dryer when they are still slightly damp, and allowed to air dry. Use your dryer’s moisture sensor, if it has one.
- Check your dryer’s vent to prevent blockage. A blocked vent is wasting energy, and represents a fire hazard.
- Consider using a clothesline or drying rack to air-dry your clothes.
- If you do not yet have a high-efficiency machine, consider getting one. Such machines can use 35% less water and 20% less energy than standard machines, and come with certain financial incentives.