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Going Green: Confessions of a Laundry Procrastinator

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Hi, my name is Erin, and I am a laundry procrastinator.  I would rather scrub dishes all day, vacuum my entire apartment, and then run a marathon before I’d do two pesky loads of laundry.  

To be honest, there are many reasons for my hatred of Laundry Day, but the most prevalent is probably the expense.  Now that I pay bills on my own, I am increasingly worried about each dollar, and that includes purchasing detergent and paying the water bill! 

Being Green while also saving Green is very important to me. Check out these four tips below to help make your Laundry Days a little less painful on your wallet AND the Planet.

  1. Wash less often. Bear with me; I know it seems a little weird.  But, according to The Laundress, items such as jeans, skirts, and sweatshirts only need to be washed after four to six wears.  These items are pretty durable and unless you are working in certain environments, they are perfectly fine not being washed after every single wear.
  2. Wash only full loads. You may use less water when you do a smaller load, but you are still using the same amount of energy!  Don’t waste it.  Always fill the washer before starting it up.
  3. Use only cold water. Up to 90 percent of the energy used when washing clothes is to heat up the water.  Unless clothes are very stained or soiled, only wash using cold water and you’ll save some cold, hard cash.
  4. Make your own laundry detergent. It’s easier than you think and can save you at least $15 weekly!  Combine 2 cups of finely grated bar soap, 1 cup of washing soda, and 1 cup of borax. Mixing well and using about two tablespoons per load will make your wallet that much fuller.

Have any other money and energy-saving ideas when it comes to Laundry Day?  Let us know by commenting below or sending an e-mail to green@wnco.comDING! You are now free to be Green!