Waste free laundry

Waste free laundry; crazy? Yep it’s totally a thing. I’m totally make it a thing and I’m loving it!! So what am I on about? Just think plastic pegs, plastic wash baskets, plastic containers with chemicals I mean detergents in it, you get the picture.

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So what’s my thing? First I have to mention my awesome front loading Bosch washing machine. It’s super efficient and cleans so well plus is so gentle on my cloth. Waste free starts with reducing your washing machine’s output as well  (this is something to think about when you are buying a new machine). I nearly always wash in cold water to save money and my clothes.

I must mention we don’t wash our clothes every time we wear them. Actually we wear them several times before washing them; if they aren’t dirty they go back in the cupboard to be worn another day. Even John knows that if his clothes aren’t dirty he is to fold them up and put them in drawer (I said he knows this it doesn’t mean it always happens but we try). I also usually wear jeans etc when out and about but when I get home I change and put on yoga pants (apartment pants) to be more comfortable and yep it makes my “adult” clothes last longer. So yep if you come over unannounced I’ll be wearing baggy pants and a sweatshirt. Saves me a ton of money I tell you! Plus I’m comfy.

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Then there’s what I use in my machine. I make my own laundry powder I use Wendyl’s recipe. So nice and easy. I don’t even blend it anymore I just pop it into my jar and shake and stir and we’re away laughing. I use a silver (yeah sorry mum!) coffee scoop and put one scoop into each load. No chemicals and no smells I have to say I HATE how most washing powders smell and how that smell stays on your clothes all the time! I actually don’t add any oils to my powder I like it without a smell at all!

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Of course the most eco and waste free way to dry your washing is to hang it outside on the line in the sunshine. So you’ll need something to put your washing in. I use wicker baskets. I have to say I have a bout 5 of these (crazy washer woman!!!). You can either get them from second hand shops or several years ago I found them at the supermarket. Obviously you need to look after these a little so don’t leave anything wet in them and don’t leave them outside.

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Once outside you’ll need pegs (I love that Americans call them washing pins so cute) to hang your clothes up with. I love the Go Bamboo wooden pegs and have used them for several years now and they really stand up to the test of time and the NZ harsh conditions. I keep my pegs in an old metal peg tin my mum found me once. One day it’ll be attached to my washing line but for now it sits on the picnic table. It has a lid so stops my pegs from getting wet which extends their life. I don’t leave my pegs hanging on the line, have to say I hate that!

waste_free_laundryI use these cool metal clothes hangers to hang up all my little washing bits and pieces like socks and cloth tissues/ toilet paper/ make up pads/ etc. Makes hanging up these items so much easier rather than hanging every single item on the washing line.

Bonus tip; in the winter and just sometimes if things are needed urgently I use my dryer; it is what it is especially with the current cold wet winter weather. I have a tennis ball in my washing machine to help reduce the time it takes for my washing to dry. I know you can buy cool woolen dryer balls so I might get some of these when my tennis ball dies.

So there you have it my waste free laundry do you have any tips to add or share?

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16 thoughts on “Waste free laundry

  1. Rowan Stanley
    July 24, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I thought about buying the GoBamboo pegs a while ago. But when I emailed the company, I found out that they’re made in a factory in China and aren’t fair trade. I don’t use any pegs at the moment- I just drape the clothes over the clothesline. But Ecostore sell wooden pegs made in Germany through their online store. If I buy pegs again I think I’ll buy from them. I like to know the people who made my pegs were paid a fair wage.

    I love your blog and what you’re doing. It’s great to see people thinking about the impact of their everyday actions- right down to the little things like laundry. Awesome work!

    1. July 24, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Hi Rowan, That’s a very good point. Those Ecostore ones look super cool too. I might have to get some at some stage. Mx

    2. Angela
      July 24, 2015 at 11:09 am

      It’s so tricky to tick all the boxes, Rowan! Thanks for that useful info. I didn’t even think about looking into the manufacturing of Go Bamboo – I just assumed that they would be manufactured reasonably. Looks like I’ll be shopping elsewhere for my next toothbrush.

      1. Rowan Stanley
        July 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm

        I know what you mean Angela. It’s so frustrating to find out a product you thought was okay has let you down in another area.

        If you’re looking for a different toothbrush option, you could try The Environmental Toothbrush: http://environmentaltoothbrush.com.au/ They’re very similar to GoBamboo, being 100% compostable and made of bamboo- and they’re fair traded, though they are made in China.

        1. September 14, 2015 at 8:25 pm

          I so know what you are talking about. Check out this website: https://ecowarehouse.nz/ local business here in NZ.

          1. Rowan Stanley
            January 5, 2016 at 11:14 am

            Thanks for that link Sandra. What a fantastic resource!

  2. Angela
    July 24, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Great post. I love love love my front loading washing machine for all the reasons that you listed.

  3. Honora
    July 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Good to read your article. I’m sick of self-destructing plastic pegs and peg baskets having to be replaced so often.

    Just checking in: is that tennis ball trick for the washing machine or the dryer? And how do they work? Intrigued.

    cheers,

  4. September 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Oh i so agree with you all. I remember the peg bag my grandma used to have….i’m so happy with my new one which i just recently bought from this website: https://ecowarehouse.nz/ they also have an amazing laundry powder called sopanuts and i believe that ecochick talked about it at some stage. definitely worth checking…

    1. Honora
      January 2, 2016 at 11:23 am

      I thought a bit about the soapnuts and checked my detergent free Sports Wash that hunters use. Most washing powders have optical whiteners and that funny smell so hunters don’t like to wash their hunting clothing with them. The Sports Wash is made out of some vegetative matter. I bet soap nuts do the same thing and are a lot cheaper. So if there are any hunters out there, I reckon soap nuts are the go. Just beware, don’t sniff the powder!

      1. January 13, 2016 at 10:32 pm

        Wow that’s a really interesting thought I have never heard or thought about animals smelling our clothes. Makes sense though I find I really struggle with most people’s overly perfumed clothes from their washing powder and it often takes me several washes to remove the scent when I buy second hand clothes. M x

  5. Honora
    January 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I bought 72 wooden pegs for $3.50 at a $2 shop. I hope at this price it doesn’t mean they’re made in some sweat shop.

  6. sandra
    January 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

    yeap wooden pegs, a peg bag made of used coffee sacks and soapnuts and that is how I do waste free launrdy 😉

    1. Honora
      January 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Peg bag? Good idea – no shortage of coffee sacks in our neighbourhood.

  7. Alix
    March 12, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Hey hun – where do you buy the metal clip hanger from?

    1. April 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Hey sweets, I bought it off trade me super cheap. It has rusted a tiny bit but otherwise is still going strong. M x

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