How to Clean in Your Laundry Room Using Green Cleaning Methods

By Ebony Porter, September 5, 2017, Family, Green, Home Improvement

Welcome to Green Cleaning Solutions from Bounce Energy! In this series, we will share our best practices,  favorite tips, and homegrown cleaning recipes – all designed to keep your home clean using environmentally friendly products and methods. We’ll help you skip the gadgets and toss the harsh products by embracing cleaning practices that use items you likely have in your possession already. And you might even save money by creating your own cleaning supplies and keeping it simple!

As a room that operates as a place where you hang your coat, toss off your shoes, clean your clothes, and maybe store your cleaning supplies, the laundry room sees its fair share of dirt on it’s own accord!

I am often shocked at how filthy our laundry room gets, but as a family of four who loves to spend as much time walking outdoors as possible, it’s no wonder our laundry room gets as dirty as it does.

In this post, we share some tips on how you can keep your laundry room clean and tidy, and what sorts of things you can incorporate into your laundry room to live a green, clean lifestyle.

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Clean Your Washer and Dryer

Soap residue accumulates dirt and dust month in and month out, and when we place our clothing into these machines to wash them, we would prefer them to be clean, too!

Simply take a wet microfiber cloth or any sort of washable cleaning rag and wipe them down. You really don’t need to use chemicals, and we suggest avoiding that because any chemicals that land into the body of your washing machine might bleach or stain your clothing.

If the inside of your washing machine needs a good clean, consider tipping a half a cup of vinegar into the cavity and put it through a low water, cold wash.

Cleaning  Laundry Room Surfaces

Do a quick sweep of your laundry room with an old fashioned brush and broom, and then turn that broom upside down and swipe down the cobwebs.

A simple way of doing this is by wrapping a cotton cloth around the head of the broom and securing it with a rubber band or clothespin. Use this to grab dirt from the corners of the room, and then toss it into the wash bin when finished.

Shelves can be wiped down with a simple solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 cup of water, and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Put this into a spray bottle and spray on surfaces. Wipe down with a wet sponge and dry with a clean cloth.

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Clean Out Old Products

While we recommend using as many natural, simple, gentle homemade cleaning products as possible, it’s likely you have accumulated other products over the years. Sort through them and safely dispose of these hazardous materials rather than throwing them into your garbage bin.

Many cities have a central drop off location for hazardous waste. This also includes items like old paint cans.

Wash Clothes Cold

To clean your clothes in a more environmentally friendly and energy-saving way, wash your clothing in cold water. It requires extra energy to heat up the water in your washing machine, and more times than not, cold water is sufficient to remove the dirt from your clothing and other items.

Opt for Line Drying

If you have the space in your back yard, why not hang up a rope to line dry your clothing and sheets especially, on a warm, windy day? This saves on electricity, and leaves the scent of fresh air in your items! Grab some clothes pins too, so you can secure your clothing and sheets on the line.

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Skip the Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets not only cost money, but they are not good for the environment.

Plain and simple, they are full of chemicals and synthetic fragrances, and they aren’t recyclable. They end up in the landfill, and are one more item we can avoid. Liquid fabric softener should also be avoided given it’s chemical makeup.

Instead, choose wool dryer balls. Each ball is good for 1,000 loads, which on average is 2-5 years, and you’ll want to use between 6-8 to get the good affects of using the balls. The balls are tossed into your dryer and take the stiffness out of clothes, sheets and towels naturally, without the chemical toxins of other items mentioned above.

To make your own Wool Dryer Balls, simply use real, 100% pure wool, and start by wrapping the wool around your fingers 8-10 times. Then change direction. Avoid using red wool as the dye in the fibers can bleed.

Wrap another 8-10 times, then change direction again. You want to form a ball the size of a tennis ball. When you get close to that size, take wool roving, peel it thinly so that you have wispy pieces in your hand, and wrap them around the ball in various directions.

Next, take a pair of old pantyhose, stuff one ball into the foot, and tie a knot in the hose. Then put another in the pantyhose leg, and tie another knot. Continue with the rest of the balls. Once you’ve got them all in, you’ll want to run them through your washer and dryer 3-4 times. Do this with your regular loads.

By the fourth load, they should be felted, firm, and ready to use in your dryer each and every load! This would be a fun project to do with friends one night. Save the planet, one wool dryer ball at at time!

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