We at Adore Us Babies strive for a simple and sustainable lifestyle by constantly improving our weekdays with simple steps. In an ideal world we only wash our clothes if it is really needed, we always collect a full wash and we use the right amount of detergent. This can be easier said than done, so we have gathered our tips for you for an eco-friendly laundry routine.
1. Wash less often
Think before you throw that garment in the laundry basket and check if it really needs to be washed. We’ve found that leggings, pants, jeans, skirts, sweaters, sweatshirts and even shirts can be reused without washing. A quick airing on the balcony or outdoors can really refresh your garments and it also works with children's clothes. This way you will do less washing, which saves time and energy while your clothes will last longer. We think it's best if these clothes are stored separately from washed clothes, so it’s easier to keep track of them. For extra freshness, we love to use linen water, which gives a nice scent to the clothes. Our favorite is the linen water from L:a Bruket.
2. Wash a full load of laundry
We recommend that garments that end up in you the laundry basket are sorted directly (by color or temperature, depending on how you do your laundry) and collected in a designated laundry basket. This way, you can easily see when the laundry basket is about to fill so you can plan the laundry. Your washing machine should be full but not fully packed. If you can’t wait for a full load, use the"half wash" or "quick wash" function of your washing machine and add less detergent(eco-friendly please) according to the manufacturer's instructions. We also think that stylish and practical products, like these from Uashmama, can make the boring laundry chore a bit more fun.
3. Skip the fabric softener
It has been years since we bought the last bottle fabric softener. Without a thin layer of softener on the surface, the towels better absorb the water and our clothes have a more natural touch. Not using fabric softener is better for the environment because fewer chemicals produced and end up in our waters. Plus, it’s better for our skin not to be in direct contact with residues from the softener. Not using fabric softener doesn’t mean you have to give up on fresh and clean clothes. We use environmentally friendly detergents with a mild scent, like from Ecover, we wash on low temperatures, and line-dry our clothes as much as possible. For extra softness, we fluff the already air-dried clothes in the dryer for five minutes on cool setting.
Do you have any eco-friendly laundry tips? We would love to hear it, please leave a comment!