How To Have Clean GREEN Laundry: 10 Eco-Friendly Do-It-Yourself Tips

Written by on March 29, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments

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By Steph | Momtastic Web Ecoist

Get your garments clean, bright, soft and beautifully scented the eco-friendly and affordable way with these 10 green laundry tips, including natural laundry detergent recipes, lightening laundry without bleach, making line-dried towels softer and eliminating musty smells.

Bleach White Garments with Lemon Juice

Believe it or not, you can brighten those whites without ever having to inhale toxic bleach again. Just add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to your load of laundry. Let heavily soiled garments soak for a while before washing. Got a serious stain? Add a couple capfuls of hydrogen peroxide, too. Letting your garments air-dry in direct sunlight will also help lighten them.

Eliminate Stiff Air-Dried Towels

Hanging your laundry out to dry? While it’s true that towels can be a little stiff when line-dried rather than thrown in the dryer, there are a couple simple solutions to prevent this. First, most stiffness is caused by detergent buildup, so make sure that your laundry is very well-rinsed, and consider cutting back on the amount of detergent you use. Second, lightly mist the towels with water using a spray bottle after they’re fully dried and then toss them in the dryer with no heat for about five minutes to fluff them up.

Make Your Own Laundry Soap

This simple DIY laundry detergent recipe will not only cut way back on environmentally harmful substances going down your drain, it’s also healthier for your body than store-bought soaps containing harsh fragrances and costs way less, too. My Merry Messy Life has the details on making two different kinds of laundry detergent – one with borax, and one without. All you need are a few simple household materials like castile soap, washing soda and optional essential oils.

Use Cold Water

Cold water is perfectly sufficient for most laundry jobs, and a simple turn of the dial can save about 90 percent of the energy typically used by a washing machine.

Get Musty Smells Out of Textiles

A quarter-cup of white vinegar added to the water along with your regular laundry detergent will eliminate musty, mildewy smells from any washable garments or textiles, and the vinegar smell completely disappears after washing.

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