Before you go for next time laundry, Take a moment & ask yourself these 5 questions to understand your laundry habits
1. What type of washing your clothes require?
Clothes that need to be dry cleaned are usually more expensive. Dry cleaning uses a chemical called perchloroethylene, which has been shown to cause toxic air pollution, hazardous waste, and adverse health effects.
Green Soultion: Just as you look at the price of a piece of clothing you want to buy, read the labels to see what the fabric is made of and how it must be washed.
2. What are you washing your clothes with?
Clean clothes are as good of a perfume as any, but that smell comes with a price – washing detergents contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful by causing skin irritation. also these toxins become part of the wastewater, seeping into rivers, lakes and oceans
Green Solution: Don’t use the harmful toxins, instead go for eco-friendly products, search for products which has less toxic ingredients
3. What is your washing machine setting?
If you go into auto-mode when you do a load of laundry, consider this: a load of laundry washed with hot water uses more electricity than leaving your refrigerator door open 24 hours a day for an entire year
Green Solution: Use cold water instead of hot, because 90% of the energy consumed by washing machine is used to heat water
4. How many times a week do you need to wash your clothes?
Mostly people wear a cloth once, then throw it into the basket. Washing and drying lots of clothes every other day creates around 450kg of carbon monoxide a year
Green Solution: Consume up to 5 times less energy by wearing your jeans at least 3 times before throwing them for wash. Think again before sending your clothes to the washer
5. Do you really need a dryer?
Yes, warm feeling of clothes coming out of the dryer feels really nice, but it leaves quite the carbon footprint. a household running dryer 200 times in a year produce half ton CO2e
Green Solution: Minimize your dryer use or instead hang your clothes on a washing line. btw when drying clothes inside home, evaporation from the wet clothes cool your home down, it benefit you from free air conditioning on a hot summer’s day
Remeber, stay clean & also respect Mother Nature
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