Cleaning up Our Dirty Laundry (Podcast episode 22)
Don’t shrink your clothes, shrink the footprint of washing them
When you think of laundry, typically you’re after the whitest whites, and no shrinkage. How about we think outside the box and “green” our laundry practices by shrinking their footprint? This episode answers your questions and offers advice on how to minimize the environmental impact of washing your clothes. Also an often forgotten, but important aspect, of making recycling work.
Did you know 75 to 90 percent of the energy your washer uses goes to warming up the water? You can save $60 or more per year on your energy bill by washing in cold water, according to Consumer Reports. But not all laundry detergents work well in cold water. We address that in this episode and offer additional information in the links below.
After recording this podcast, Heidi found this indicating laundry pods are probably safe for people and planet:
Detergent Pods are Handy, but Can I Use Them With a Clean Conscience? – Grist’s Ask Umbra
Also, here’s a related tip not discussed in the podcast: Washing your dishes by hand probably wastes water!
Why You Shouldn’t Wash Dishes by Hand
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