The average household runs 392 loads of laundry a year. As of January 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy requires washers to use 21 percent less energy. This, combined with earth-friendly detergents, may be a step in the right direction, but what about your dryer sheets? Used to help remove static cling, these little sheets can pack quite a punch as it relates to chemicals and waste.
Don’t just toss ‘em! You can use them for multiple loads or around the house for dusting your TV screen, removing hair from pets, furniture and clothing and eliminating the musty smell from books. Try an alternative! Make your own with reusable rags dipped in essential oils. This can add a natural good smell to your freshly laundered clothes. Get the static out before it begins. Remove your clothes from the dryer about five minutes before they are totally dry. Keeping clothes in the dryer past their “done” time is the No. 1 cause of static.
Make an organic cotton sachet filled with dried herbs like lavender. These are great gifts and can serve as multiple use ‘dryer sheets’. Offer to help a friend with their laundry, and share some green tips while you’re at it. Make a “Green Your Wash” challenge and invite your friends to participate. Organize the goals of what you want to accomplish (natural cleaners, smaller loads, less water, cut back on dryer sheets, etc.). Decide on a due date, and then come together and share your progress. You can even make it a contest for a little added motivation.More info at www.earth911.org