One of my favourite things about warmer months is drying our laundry on the line.
Nothing beats the (smug) feeling of seeing a line of cloth nappies blowing in the breeze for an eco lover. It nostalgically reminds me of childhood afternoons in the garden while my mam hung the washing or playing with my Gran's clothes-horse (Airer? Maiden?) in Winter months by the coal fire...this is the 1990s not the 1880s just in case you were wondering!😉
We don't have, and have never had, a tumble dryer, much to our family's horror; they've even offered to get us one but we just don't see the need. In the winter we have some indoor drying facilities and it is a bit more inconvenient but in spring and summer it's line drying all the way.
There are a few reasons we love air drying; it saves us money, the sun is one of the best ways to naturally bleach your whites and helps keep more harsh chemicals off of your clothes, our clothes smell 'fresh' and hanging the laundry can be therapeutic or good exercise. Plus it's a job we can get the Childebeests involved with!
Hanging laundry on the line is obviously a great eco switch if you can but not everyone has the facilities or time so
here are our top five tips to help eco-ver your laundry : 💚Avoid tumble drying. You can reduce a load of laundry’s carbon footprint by 75% by air drying instead of using a dryer! 💚If you aren't ready to switch to Soapnuts or an Ecoegg Laundry Egg, think about refills of laundry detergent. I love the Bio D brand for detergent refills. They are a super ethical (vegan and cruelty free), planet friendly brand that manufactures their products in Hull. The products are very affordable and the fact I can buy 5l bottles or do refills locally is a huge plus too. 💚White vinegar instead of fabric softener. Where to start on this one? The palm oil, the non biodegrade quaternary ammonium compounds that we pump into our water system (that are also a respiratory and skin irritant), the fact that many fabrics will degenerate much quicker thanks to softeners? It’s just one more product that we don’t really need. White vinegar is an innocuous way to keep fabrics soft, with the added bonus of keeping the washing machine healthy. Nothing smells vinegary, it just doesn’t smell of anything. 💚Turning down the temperature and reducing the washing cycle. A Leeds University study shows that washing synthetics at 20 degrees and on a shorter cycle will reduce plastic microfibre loss by 52% and dye loss by 74%. What’s more reducing from 40 to 20 degrees reduces energy by 66%. I’d only alter that for anything that needs a hygiene wash or stuff that is heavily stained. 💚Just wash less! There’s no greener laundry load than the one you don’t do! We’ve taken to a lot more spot cleaning - a damp cloth can do wonders for the odd splodge of yoghurt or mud.