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You Will Need
- 1 Eco-friendly laundry detergent
- 1 A laundry line
- 1 An energy-efficient washing machine
Get a green machine
If your washer is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with an energy-efficient one. Energy-efficient models use half the water and about 35% less energy per load.
Buy eco-friendly detergent
Buy eco-friendly laundry detergent. You can even make your own—recipes are readily available online.
Only wash full loads
Don’t do laundry until you have a full load.
Wash in cold water
Unless you’re washing baby clothes, wash in cold water. Ninety percent of the energy used in washing clothes comes from heating the water.
Line dry as much of your laundry as often as possible.
Clean the filter
When you do use the dryer, clean the lint filter every time so it runs efficiently.
Wash at off hours
In the summer, do laundry in the early morning or late at night, when energy demand is lowest.