Laundry….it’s an essential part of any family’s busy life. Being a mom of two boys, I know more than my fair share about laundry. There aren’t many stains I haven’t seen. I’ve had more than my fair share of fading and rips in my kids’ clothes. In fact, over the years, I’ve discovered that when it comes to keeping my family’s clothes looking great, I’m constantly met with challenges. Pair that with the fact that we try to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle and at times I’m left feeling like being a boy mom and being kind to the environment just don’t go together. But recently, I’ve been rethinking the way that I do laundry and I’m come up with some eco-friendly laundry tips that are allowing me to keep my family’s clothes looking great while ensuring that I’m doing my part to be kind to the world that we live in.
Now, it’s not hard to understand why taking care of the environment matters. The older my kids get, the more aware I am of the fact that small changes today can have big impacts on their future. In our home, we’ve put simple rules in place like turning off lights when we’re not using them and not running water while we’re brushing our teeth. While these are super small changes, my family and I really feel that they are a step in the right direction to conserving the resources on our planet. In fact, my kids have gotten so involved in the task of looking for small changes we can make that they have me looking literally everywhere to see what I can do differently. While my youngest suggested that we just stop washing our clothes (he’s all boy ya’ll), it did get me thinking that there had to be some changes we could make to our laundry routine. With just a little thought and a few simple tweaks to the way I’ve always done laundry, we’re making sure that we not only make the most of each load but that we get great looking clothes while still being eco-conscious! Want to know how we’re doing it?
Wear Clothes for Longer Between Washes
Of course I don’t want my family wearing dirty clothes but that doesn’t mean that a piece of clothing that has only been worn for an hour needs to go in the laundry basket. As a rule in our home, certain pieces of clothing can be worn for longer before throwing them in the washing machine. While t-shirts and under garmets are always one wear only items, jeans and sweatshirts can be worn multiple times between washes (as long as they are still clean and look good). It’s important for my family to know that if an item isn’t dirty, it can be hung back up or folded and put in the drawer for additional wears.
Always Wash Full Loads
Much as we try not to wash clothes that are not dirty, I also have a general rule in my home that if we don’t have a full load, the laundry doesn’t get washed. Sometimes this means getting a little creative and pairing everyone’s dirty clothes together to create one full load so that my youngest son’s baseball pants can be washed before his upcoming game. Sometimes it means simply telling me teen that he’ll have to for-go wearing his favorite hoodie until we have a full load to wash. But by simply choosing to not wash clothes out of convenience but instead only out of necessity, we’re taking a much more eco-friendly approach to our laundry routine.
Choose the Cold Water Setting
Not washing clothes that don’t need to be washed and waiting for full loads has dramatically cut down on how often I do laundry. But I wanted to take things one step further. When it comes time to was our clothes, I now choose to wash ALL our clothes on the cold setting on my laundry machine. Not only is the cold water setting gentler on clothing but it’s better for the environment. And the best part is, I can still use my beloved Tide PODS® Plus Downy laundry detergent pacs to wash every load on cold (be sure to keep Tide PODS® out of the reach of children).
That’s right, there is NEVER a need to wash clothes on hot when I’m using my Tide PODS® Plus Downy laundry detergent pacs that boast 4-in-1 technology that cleans, brightens, fights stains and protects our clothes each time we do laundry. With simply adding a Tide PODS® Plus Downy laundry detergent pac with each cold load, I’m able to clean, condition and protect my family’s clothes!
Since I know that Tide PODS® dissolve in all temperatures, I can trust that washing my clothes on cold will deliver the results I want while helping me to protect clothes from damage in the wash. Whether using a high efficiently or standard washer, simply adding Tide PODS® to every load guarantees that I have the HE turbo technology that provides 6 times the cleaning power in half the time (stain removal of 1 Tide PODS® pac vs. 6 doses of leading bargain brand liquid detergent, base variant). For me, that means brighter, newer looking clothes with each load plus the ability to make a difference with the environment…it really doesn’t get any better than that!
Hang Clothes to Dry
Once my clothes are washed to perfection using Tide PODS®, my final tip is to hang clothes to dry. Whether it’s on a laundry line in your yard or a hanging rack in the laundry room, allowing clothes to air dry helps keep them looking great for longer while saving energy and making a difference in the environment. While I won’t say that I never dry any clothes (after all, sometimes you just need to shrink those skinny jeans), I do try to air dry at least 75% of our laundry in order to keep our laundry routine eco-friendly.
To me, it’s amazing that small changes can make a big difference in the long run and as I see my children watching my every move, I want to ensure that I’m making choices that will make a difference in the future of the planet.
Now it’s your turn! Try my eco-friendly laundry tips. Most importantly, be sure to pick up Tide PODS® to help ensure that washing your clothes on cold produces results you can trust with each and every load.
Now tell me, what’s your best eco-friendly laundry tip?