Being eco-friendly is important, but sometimes, it can also seem impossible to do. For example, committing to eco-friendliness with a washer and dryer might seem impossible. However, as we’re about to show you, it’s a lot easier than most people think.
A lot of people try to practice eco-friendliness by only buying used washers and dryers or keeping older models running instead of replacing them. Their logic is that this is far better for Mother Nature than stripping her of more natural resources to build more machines.
The problem is that this kind of thinking neglects the fact that newer washers and dryers are extremely efficient in their uses of resources. Therefore, while they do involve more natural resources being used to make them, they go on to save lots of water and electricity, the latter being a major contributor to carbon pollution.
While you may not be able to afford new machines at the moment, keep the above in mind going forward and maybe even make room in your budget for setting aside money little by little so you can eventually buy a new washer and dryer.
When that day comes, here are some newer models worth considering:
- Electrolux EIFLS60LT Washer & Electrolux EIMED60LT Electric Dryer
- LG WT7700HVA 5.7 cu. ft. Top Load Washer w/ TurboWash Technology
- Samsung WF6300 4.5 cu. ft. Front Load Washer with SuperSpeed
- Kenmore Elite 41583 4.5 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer w/Steam & Accela Wash
- Whirlpool WED9290FW HybridCare Heat Pump Dryer
- Maytag MED7100D Extra-Large Capacity Dryer with Advanced Moisture Setting
Finally, while your commitment to eco-friendliness will be helped by investing in a more efficient washer and dryer, you should also think about the detergent you use. Remember that the dirty water from your home can end up in aquatic ecosystems, so you want to avoid things like phosphates that can create algae blooms.
It doesn’t need to be difficult. Just look for detergents with labels that state they are free of phosphates, readily biodegradable and made from vegetable- and plant-based ingredients as opposed to the petroleum that is more commonly used.
Instead of using fabric softener, you can just toss in some vinegar during your rinse cycle. It naturally balances out the pH of detergent, leaving clothes nice and soft and also free of chemical residue.
Now that you understand how easy it can be to treat the earth with respect while also keeping your clothes clean, you don’t have to put off doing either.