- Step 1: 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.
- TIP: Look for washing machines marked with the Energy Star logo.
- Step 2: Buy eco-friendly detergent Buy eco-friendly laundry detergent. You can even make your own—recipes are readily available online.
- Step 3: Only wash full loads Don’t do laundry until you have a full load.
- Step 4: 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.
- TIP: At the very least, use cold water for the final rinse, which uses almost half the 50 gallons needed to do a load of wash.
- Step 5: Line dry Line dry as much of your laundry as often as possible.
- Step 6: Clean the filter When you do use the dryer, clean the lint filter every time so it runs efficiently.
- TIP: Check clothes in the dryer often so you don’t run it longer than you need to.
- Step 7: Wash at off hours In the summer, do laundry in the early morning or late at night, when energy demand is lowest.
- FACT: The average American family does eight loads of laundry a week.
You Will Need
- 1 Eco-friendly laundry detergent
- 1 A laundry line
- 1 An energy-efficient washing machine