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Doing laundry is something that is done every day and often several times a day. You know that it takes very little to make much friendlier choices not only for the environment , but also for our wallet.
Here are some easy and practical advice for you. Sustainable laundry: less plastic
Take a look at your laundry: how much plastic you can find only in bottles
Large or small, they are plastic that is not always possible to recycle, which is almost never recycled and therefore has an important impact on the environment. Canceling this plastic build-up is possible – just buy on tap or in bulk! Detergent on tap
The main problem with bulk purchases is that dispensers on tap are not available in all supermarkets. I give you some news: if you have enough space (a garage, a cellar, a large enough laundry room) you can buy the large drum directly.(what the shops use, so to speak, with the tap to spin it!) and you fill the bottles comfortably at home. The void then and to return. The cost is reduced and you also eliminate the weight of detergent drums to take home from the store. I did this – alternatively, you can fill three or four bottles at a time at the store and always use those. Paper packs
There are several companies online that offer powder detergents that are sold in paper packs, which are completely recyclable. I have tried them and they are excellent. Here too, just make cumulative purchases and save money. Sustainable laundry: where the detergent ends
Have you ever stopped for a moment to read the labels of the detergents you use
I did and I started doing it when I realized that a powdered sanitizer I used for my daughter’s clothes when she was a baby was cracking my fingers. If it hurts my hands that hang out the laundry, what can that powder do to the water and the ecosystem, as well as to our skin
Oh yes, because it is not only the plastic of the drums that is harmful to the environment, but also the their content . Well, know that there are alternatives. Percarbonate
It is a powder that sanitizes, disinfects, stains and whitens even at 30 °. Of course you will never find it on the shelves at eye level, but you will have to look for it. In the most well-stocked supermarkets it is sold, otherwise you can find it in the organic ones. It does not have a high costindeed, and this is also available in bulk. Percarbonate is not harmful to the ecosystem once dissolved in water and I can assure you that once you try it, you eliminate many other products that simply stop serving you. Marseille soap
It exists in flakes for washing machine or hand washing (but honestly I find it a bit uncomfortable, because it must be dissolved) or in soap to pre-treat dirty clothes or particular stains. Marseille soap removes practically any type of stain, smells great, has a minimal and sometimes even paper packaging, costs very little and lasts a long time. So what are you waiting for Liquid detergent
No, they are not all the same, not even the bulk ones. As I told you, it is not enough that it is on tap to be truly green. Many detergents on tap green have only the container, and maybe not even that: read the labels carefully and check that they do not contain paraffins, petrolatum, surfactants, parabens, synthetic fragrances, optical brighteners, ammonia or animal derivatives. Citric acid
If you need to use fabric softener (which is very, very polluting!), Why not try replacing it with citric acid
It is a powder that you find in all supermarkets (not even this one at eye level, but I assure you that it is often found, just look for it) and that has many uses at home, depending on how much you dilute it. It can be used as a softener or rinse aid for the dishwasher or even as a limescale remover. This too costs very little and lasts a long time. Natural methods
There are stains that go away simply by leaving the garment in the sun after washing it (the halos of sauce for example), or that disappear with water and bicarbonate, with white vinegar, or with a wash in cold water. You do not need a specific product for each stain, trust me: buy with your head! Sustainable laundry: to conclude
I can assure you that you do not need to have a hundred thousand products to do laundry: just a few are enough and, for some specific stains, you already have many at home, only maybe they are in the kitchen! Next time you go shopping, try to think about it: finish what you have at home and change the way you shop. If we all do it, something can really change!

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