Monday, February 20, 2012

Green UP you laundry routine with these easy tips!

Ways to Green Up Your Laundry Routine, and we're not just talking about cloth diapers!

1.Use a natural and eco friendly detergent – The vast majority of commercial laundry detergents contain a substance called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS is the inexpensive foaming agent in soaps, shampoos, and detergents. The use of SLS can cause skin irritation and is used as just that in many testing environments. While there isn’t any hard evidence that SLS causes cancer, one thing can be certain and that is that it could lead to several medical problems. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), SLS may cause irritation to eyes, organ toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, possible mutations and cancer. I don’t know about you but the threat of those problems makes me want to switch my detergent ASAP!

2.Get rid of those dryer sheets! – The ingredients in dryer sheets are toxic. No qualms about it – a Google search on dryer sheets will show you some pretty scary stuff. (Be responsible though in your searching, check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) report ( If you want your clothes to feel soft and not stiff, try using a ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar in the rinse cycle. I’ve been doing this for about two weeks now and it does make a difference! No, your clothes will not smell like vinegar.

3.Wash using cold water when you can. – Washing with cold water not only keeps the fabrics of your clothes in excellent condition but it’s better for the environment. You’re only using energy to run your washing machine instead of using energy to heat the water too.

4.Use wool dryer balls. – Wool dryer balls decrease the drying time by moving the clothes around in your machine. The more you have the faster the drying.

5.Or…Just air dry! Sure this will take a little longer but you’ll save money not only by cutting down your electricity bill but you’ll also help the wear and tear on your clothes. Speaking of wear and tear…

6.Other than your unmentionables and socks, wear it more than once! - This doesn’t mean that if you have a huge coffee stain on your boob b/c you were carrying around your baby and trying to drink your coffee, you shouldn’t wash that t-shirt but if it looks perfectly fine why not wear it again? Plus, if you’re like me and you hate doing laundry you’ll lessen your loads by adopting this practice.

Have you greened up your laundry? How have you done it?

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.


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