When you decide to do a load of washing there are a few responsible guidelines you can follow:
- Make sure you have enough clothes for a full load. As a thumb rule, if you can fit your fist on top of the clothes without pressing down on it, your machine is full.
- Use the recommended dose of laundry detergent. Using more laundry detergent than advised will not make your clothes cleaner. You should always turn your clothes inside out before washing.
- Avoid using fabric softener. Fabric softener is harmful for the environment. If you wish to add a sent to your clothes but do not want to harm the environment, you can instead add some drops of natural scented oil.
- Choose air drying over tumble drying. Tumble drying your clothes can affect the shape and longevity of your clothes and it uses a lot of energy. For drying heavy knits we recommend flat drying on a clean towel.
- You can occasionally substitute washing your clothes in a washing machine with placing your clothes in the freezer. Clothes like denim, sportswear and t-shirts can get rite of their smell by freezing the bacteria. Place your clothes in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. Take it out after about 5-7 days and let it hang to dry.
- If your clothes are no longer wearable, recycle it. Either at a secondhand store, or if the clothes are damaged, find a service close to you that recycles textiles.