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How-To: Green Your Laundry Routine Without Spending Money

By now you've learned to go green in the bathroom and the kitchen without spending money, but your work's not over yet. If you factor in the energy and water required used to run your washing machine and dryer, and then all the chemicals in your detergents, the laundry room can be a very unfriendly place. Learn some ways to go green in the laundry room without spending money when you



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sldc sldc 7 years
I hate the way clothes feel and smell that are line dried. Otherwise, I am (gag) "green." You can take my dryer from my cold dead hands. The washer and dryer liberated women, damn it.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
If I trusted my neighbors in my apt building I might hang my stuff outside...ha.
Home Home 7 years
Thanks for the tip, Meghan2B!
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I am always breaking HOA rules by hanging clothes out to dry on my deck! :oops:
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I line dry our clothes whenever possible. During the spring, summer & early fall, I only machine dry one load per week and that's towels. I've also started purchasing an eco-friendly, biodegradable laundry detergent that only costs a few cents more per load.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 7 years
I live in an apt and semi-dry stuff. I don't have many options on the apt dryers so monitor the dryer and take the lighter things out half way, and drape them all over my apt! It takes more effort and the W/D is just down the hall but I hate the wear & tear of the dryer. It's a bit time consuming but does save money and whole apt smells so fresh!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 7 years
I do wish we had a clothing line to dry our stuff on (although we live in apartment so that wouldn't work!). My parents had one and I always liked using it.
gothamgal gothamgal 7 years
I don't use the dryer. I also wear clothing more than twice. I feel pretty good about my choices but still need to improve. Like the suggestions for greener detergents and cleansers.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 7 years
I usually re-use dryer sheets for static cling or rub it on some clothes that need a little freshen but not to be washed.
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