Tips for keeping your laundry room more tidy and organized, as well as tips on being more ecofriendly about your laundering process.
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Oh laundry. I spend so much time doing laundry.
But I’ve got a secret for you. I. Love. Doing. Laundry. It’s the easiest chore in the house and I get mad street cred for it because I do a ridiculous amount of laundry… we use cloth diapers, cloth wipes, and unpaper towels. If I can get something reusable instead of disposable, I do it. I try to be as eco-friendly as possible.
Because of my laundry obsession, I was super excited for this opportunity to check out method laundry detergent as part of this sponsored post. I love to change up my laundry routine… freshen things up and find a better way to get our laundry clean. Having a great laundry detergent is really important to me and I just hadn’t found “the one” yet. I’ve bounced around from one brand to another. I’m tired of giant containers that leak everywhere, powder all over my laundry room… yuck, yuck, yuck.
Does this look familiar to anyone?
It’s nasty and it’s everywhere. I’m tired of it. I don’t even know how much must be behind the machine. And it’s so much work to wipe up detergent.
Tips for an Eco-Friendly Laundry Room
- Wash on Cold: I recommend washing most laundry on the cold setting… this increases the life of your clothing while decreasing the energy cost of your load (heating water is extra electricity). The only exception is that I run cloth diapers on hot (not every load), and I run bed linens on hot every few washes or so.
- Get an HE washing machine: These machines use less water and take less electricity than standard machines. Don’t worry: method detergent is HE friendly! The difference between HE friendly detergents and non HE friendly detergents is the amount of suds that the detergent produces. HE detergents don’t produce as many suds, but work just as well (if not better). Using non HE detergent in your HE machine can destroy your washing machine because the suds build up on mechanical parts. Also, the detergent doesn’t wash your fabric as well because the suds don’t get completely rinsed out.
- Load up the machine: Don’t do tiny loads. More loads requires more water and more electricity. You want to fill the machine just enough that you’re not past capacity.
- Use quick wash: Make use of the “quick wash” option on your machine. These usually run around 30 minutes. This speeds up your laundry routine a lot, and the machine isn’t running as long. Aka less electricity use.
- Skip dryer sheets: Use wool dryer balls. Laundry dries faster if you use them, without adding any chemicals to your wash. This means using less electricity. Wool dryer balls are reusable, create less static, and are made from a renewable resource (wool, obviously). They won’t affect absorbency of items like towels or cloth diapers- did you know commercial dryer sheets do? That might be fine for clothes which don’t need to absorb water, but not so good if you want your towels to dry you off.
- Hang dry: Hanging clothes out to dry is wayyyy more eco friendly and uses no electricity. It also is a great way to get stains out of clothes. We use sun light to bleach our cloth diapers all of the time.
Tips for a Tidy Laundry Room
- Use method:
- It is small so it saves space, leaving you additional room to hang laundry or do something really cool and creative like diy your own personal laundry haven that you’ll never want to leave. (Hey hunny, that’s our next project!)
- It doesn’t leave powder or leaking detergent everywhere.
- Add shelves or cabinets to help organize your laundry area: This is pretty key. It’s nice to have an area to keep other items. I used our laundry area to store cleaning sprays and such so that the children can’t reach them. The kids can hack the baby proofing, but there’s no way they can reach the top shelf in my laundry room. Know how I know? Because I can’t reach it either. Haha.
- Add a decorative element to your room: Make it your space. Make it pleasant to be in. If you’re the primary laundry do-er in your home, you’ll be in the laundry room a lot.
Hope this was helpful! Let me know what your #1 laundry tip is in the comments below!