With the rise of eco-friendly alternatives for just about everything, it's more popular than ever to be green. From using reusable shopping totes instead of plastic bags to buying clothing made from recycled materials, incorporating environmentally friendly practices into your every day routine is easier than ever.
But did you know that the simple act of laundry and caring for clothes can be hard on the environment? At Jiffy Steamer, we are on a mission to provide simple, eco-friendly steam solutions to daily tasks. Check out how you can make laundry day a little greener.
Wash in Cold Water
Making the simple switch from washing in hot water to cold water can make a big difference in your energy usage and costs. While some fabrics — and local water quality — require a warmer temperature, many people can use cold or cool water to launder their clothing.
Many common laundry detergents make your clothes smell fresh — but it's often at a cost to the environment. That "freshness" is often due to harsh fragrances, which create hazardous air pollutants. In addition, some detergents contain chemicals that can contaminate our soil and waterways. Skip the synthetic fragrances, dyes and chlorine bleach. Instead, look for free and clear formulas, or try an all natural alternative like Buff City Soap Laundry Detergent!
Make the Loads Efficient
Full loads are more efficient than half-loads, and can help limit the number of laundry loads you do each week. If you are looking to replace your washer and/or dryer, upgrade to energy-efficient models that are better for the environment and promote the longevity of your appliances. You may also forgo using the dryer, and instead air drying as many of your clothes as possible.
Change (or Skip) the Dryer Sheets
While they can help reduce static cling and add freshness to your clothes, dryer sheets can add synthetic fragrances that can negatively impact both your health and the environment. There are eco-friendly options available if you can't do away with dryer sheets altogether. Wool dryer balls are a great, reusable option for reducing cling and helping clothes look fresh.
Steam Out the Wrinkles
If you're trying to cut back on your dryer usage by air drying clothes more, or you're used to using wrinkle-release products, there's a better, easier and more eco-friendly way to get out wrinkles: steaming. By using a travel steamer or personal clothing steamer like the ones from Jiffy, you'll discover a much simpler process that doesn't rely on chemicals to get your garments smooth and fresh. Find out where to buy a steamer near you, or buy a steamer online today.
Your laundry time just got a whole lot better — both for your health, your energy bills and the environment.