Eco Home Living

Published on September 28th, 2009 | by Stephanie Evans

Eco-Friendly Clothing Care Tips

Caring for your clothing properly is good for your clothes and the environment. Your clothes will last longer and typically less energy will be used in their care.  Whether it’s hanging up the clothesline for the first time or buying eco-friendly laundry detergent, following are some tips for taking care of your clothes in an environmentally conscious way.

photo by B RosenCaring for your clothes properly is good for the planet

Caring for your clothes properly is good for the planet

  • Limit dryer use to save energy, money and your clothes. Your dryer can wreak havoc on clothes fading colors and affecting the quality of the fabric.
  • Just add salt. Adding just a couple of teaspoons of table salt with your detergent, can make your clothes brighter. If you add a half a cup of salt it will prevent colors from running. To get out yellow stains in white clothing soak them for about an hour in a mixture of boiled water, a tablespoon of salt and a quarter cup of baking soda. Check out how stuff works for more uses for salt with your laundry.
  • Baking soda added to detergent, cleans, deodorizes clothes and makes them brighter.
  • Turn your clothing inside out in the washer and dryer. This prevents the outside from getting worn out.
  • Switch to cold water wash. Doing so not only saves energy but using cold water prevents colors from bleeding or fading which it tends to do with hot or warm water.
  • Make sure to button and zipper up your clothes. This prevents snags that could ruin your clothes after several washes.
  • Keep lights, darks and delicate clothing separate to keep colors bright and your clothing in good shape.
  • Use eco-friendly laundry soap. Detergent that is green is made up of natural materials rather than chemicals and is biodegradable. Most markets now carry these natural products. A few popular ones are made by Method, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation.

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12 Responses to Eco-Friendly Clothing Care Tips

  1. Great tips, Its funny cause we were just talking about the use of more environmentally friendly detergents and of course we have issues with keeping the color in our clothes.

  2. Rose says:

    Good tips! Some other things I also do: use vinegar (a natural fabric softener) on your rinse cycle, and tennis balls in the dryer fluff your clothes and help them to dry faster.

    I have also written about how I wash cloth diapers on my blog.

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  4. prince says:

    Wow,i didn’t realize that adding salt to to detergents could make clothes brighter, thanks for this information ,great work

  5. Punita says:

    Could you pls specify any Indian Brands for ecofriendly laundry detergent

  6. The clothing is made of green organic fibers, including bamboo, corn, organic cotton, etc. Those who are showing a new trend to emphasize that the production of textile fibers is very harmful to the environment, cotton is one of the worst offenders.

  7. Sonia says:

    I have put salt, tennis balls and baking soda on my grocery list!

  8. Amanda says:

    I’ve never heard of using salt to brighten clothes. I’ll have to try it out. Thanks for sharing your tips. My friend and I started a laundry service from our homes a few years ago. We found a little tip that we use on every load now. White vinegar. Add 3/4 cup into the rinse cycle and it acts as a natural fabric softner, saves money, is eco-friendly and helps keep your washing machine clean.
    Seattle Laundry Care

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