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9 Ways to Make Your Wardrobe and Laundry Chores Green

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One of the smartest ways to green your laundry chores is to start with the right clothing purchases. Laundry has a much bigger environmental impact than the manufacture or transportation of clothing. And, as consumers, we can make the biggest and easiest changes.

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1. Pick the Right Colors

Clothing in muted shades or patterns will not show dirt and stains as readily as bright colors and solids.

2. Go for Texture

Textured fabrics provide camouflage for dirt and stains much better than flat, shiny weaves.

3. Read the Label

Always read the care label before you make an apparel purchase. Does it require dry cleaning, hand washing or hot water for cleaning?

4. Just Say No to Dry Cleaning

One of the easiest ways to lower the carbon footprint of your laundry is to never select clothing that must be dry cleaned. With today's high-tech fabrics, warmth can be achieved without heavy, non-washable fabrics.

5. Go for the Cold

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Heating water for the washer takes a great deal of energy - about one-third of the energy expenditure per load. Use only cold water, preferably in a high-efficiency washer that opts for low water levels.

6. Choose the Right Detergent

Select a detergent that works well in cold water. If you are using a high-efficiency top or front-loading washer, be sure that you have an he detergent. Using regular detergent in one of these machines can result in oversudsing, which will actually leave your clothing less clean.

7. Use Less Detergent

Try using less than the recommended amount and boost the efficiency of any detergent by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to every load.

8. Use the Air and Sun

Line dry or air dry clothing to eliminate the use of clothes dryers.

9. Learn to Fold

If you hang your clothing correctly on the line and fold it immediately as you remove it from the clothesline or dryer rack; you will have less wrinkles and eliminate the need to iron.
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