Washing clothes is an important household task for anyone who likes cleanliness. Some people prefer to use the machine to do it. However, when we think about the impact of machines on the environment, it is logical that we want to do it naturally. What is the procedure to adopt?
1. Quick treatment of stains
No matter what kind of stain you encounter, you want to get rid of it immediately. You will need a fairly aggressive product to get rid of it. It’s easier to get rid of stains when they are new than when they are delayed. You will also need other substances to blend with the water. These tend to have a negative impact on the environment and health.
On the other hand, there are quite simply means that can be used to remove the stains. Many stains are easily removed with a small amount of soap. If this is not effective, natural techniques are available instead of ordinary cleaners. It is also possible to soak the laundry in water and add soda crystals. This is a very effective trick when dealing with fairly dirty laundry.
2. Sorting the laundry
When you have laundry, you separate it by taking into account the materials, colors, and level of dirt. Cotton and wool, for example, are washed differently. It would be better to wash white linen separately from the others to avoid discoloration.
When the dirtiness of the linen is increased, it requires much more effort to clean it. The dirtiest linens will therefore be washed last. A special laundry basket would be useful for sorting. Cotton, white linen, wool, and others are put separately when the basket has several compartments.
In addition, this type of basket will maximize your laundry. Sorting ensures that the quality of the laundry is maintained. You will then take time to change your laundry. In addition, it is recommended to wash your clothes by turning them inside out.
If the manufacturer has provided instructions for washing clothes, it will be wise to follow them. This helps to keep the outer part of the garment in good condition. You should also be careful not to leave anything in the pockets and wash the clothes gently.
3. Use of ecological products
There are a variety of detergents available. It is best to choose an ecological one. Make sure that it comes from a label and is free of dubious components. When the detergent is concentrated, the amount of packaging waste is reduced.
It is also recommended to opt for refillable products and avoid those in tablets or capsules. Moreover, you can make your own detergent at home if you have the recipes. As homemade detergents, we have, among others, ivy, the Marseille soap, the one based on wood ashes, etc.
In addition, there are ecological products that play the role of softeners. These products help to soften and perfume the laundry. When these products are conventional, they have a negative impact on the environment. In the absence of softener, vinegar is an equally ecological and safe option for certain types of laundry. It is also possible to use essential oils in small quantities in the rinse water to scent the laundry.
4. Drying in the open air
When you opt for the tumble dryer, you use enough energy. Therefore, you should think about the alternative that would save energy. You need to choose an open space and spread your laundry for the time needed to dry. If the weather conditions are favorable, your laundry will be dry and clean after a short time. If they are not favorable, it is possible to look for a well-ventilated room and hang the laundry.
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