Things You Will Need
Liquid Dish Soap
Laundry Soap (hint learn how to make your own below!)
Dryer or Clothesline
Step 1Follow The Rules
Step 2Reduce Number of Loads
Step 3Know Your Washing Machine
Step 4Pre-Treat Stains
Step 5Use Inexpensive Laundry Detergent
Step 6Skip the Expensive Fabric Softener
Another laundry product that is rather expensive is fabric softener. Whether you use sheets or liquid, they are still expensive and some people are even allergic to them. Using vinegar in the rinse cycle instead of softener works just as well and the cost is negligible! Just use white vinegar in your fabric softener dispenser (or, you can use a Downy Ball) and I bet you will not notice the difference. Your clothes will NOT smell like vinegar!
Step 7Hang it Out
Now that your clothes are nice and clean, it's time to dry them! If you can air-dry your clothing on a rack or a clothes line, you will save a lot of energy that would be put into running the dryer. However, it is not always possible in some climates that are frequently cold, rainy, or humid. I have had good luck air drying my delicate clothing in our spare bathroom.
Step 8Cut Down on Drying
Not many people enjoy doing laundry, but if you follow at least a few of these steps you can improve your laundry process. You will be able to shorten the amount of time you spend doing laundry while you save energy, water, and put fewer chemicals back into the earth.
Tips & Warnings
WARNING: Do not use vinegar and bleach in the same laundry cycle - The combination of the two causes a chemical reaction that will release toxic fumes. Who needs bleach anyway?