Kermit the Frog used to say “It Ain’t Easy Being Green.” We disagree. For swimmers and bathers there are natural pool products and natural spa products. But that’s not the only way to be green with water. Here are some ways easy ways to be green and save some green when washing your clothes.
- Use cold water. This saves LOTS of energy and money because 90 percent of the energy your washer uses goes towards heating water. Transfer this idea to your swimming pool if you can stand it!
- Empty the lint trap. Your clothes will dry faster and you’ll decrease the risk of a dryer fire! Do the same with your pool or spa filter, too. It’ll reduce the wear and tear and extend the pump/filter’s life.
- Use dryer balls. These reduce drying time, naturally soften clothes, and reduce static and wrinkles. Don’t have any? Use old tennis balls! It turns out tennis balls are good for lots of things, including keeping your swimming pool clean.
- Hang wet clothes on a clothesline, or elsewhere, instead of using the dryer.
- Use vinegar instead of fabric softener.
- Bunch multiple loads of laundry into one time period. Leftover heat can be utilized by doing a few loads at a time!
The average household does 400 loads of laundry each year. Every little bit helps when it comes to saving money and saving the environment. With numbers like 400 these little tips will help a lot.