How to wash clothes eco friendly?

Question by campingman: How to wash clothes eco friendly?
I would like to know how can I wash my clothes, efficiently and eco friendly.

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Answer by masriniva
The best way to wash clothes eco friendly is to avoid tap water for washing the dirty clothes.
Why one should not use tap water??
Tap water is treated water and is meant for drinking as this water goes thru elaborate purification and then it is pumped to your home thru the water pipes.
What one can do to wash dirty clothes eco friendly way?
Go for Rain Harvesting.
Water is nectar of life and life cannot sustain without it. Ever increasing demands of water for domestic, irrigation as well as industrial sectors have created water crisis worldwide. Ground water is the only dependable source of water. Inferior quality of groundwater with high salinity, fluoride and nitrate contents further limits the availability of fresh water assets.

Depleting groundwater resources, water logging hazards, deep water levels, higher degree of salinity, high fluoride and nitrate concentration, industrial pollution etc. are the main ground water related areas of concern which needs appropriate attention of management for Rain Water Harvesting & Artificial Recharging.

Ground water plays a critical role in the urban environment. It has a significant contribution in municipal, industrial and domestic water supply. Urbanization strongly affects ground water recharge flow and quality thereby creating serious impact on urban infrastructure that may lead to socio – economic and environmental degradation of the area. As urban dwellings go on increasing shrinkage of open land leads to continuousdecline in ground water levels in many areas.

It has therefore; become imperative to promote rain water harvesting and artificial recharge to augment ground water recharge.
Rain water harvesting is essential because :-

Û Surface water is adequate to meet our demand and we have to depend on ground water.

Û Due to rapid urbanization infiltration of rain water into the sub – soil has decreased drastically and recharging of ground water has diminished.

Û Over – exploitation of ground water resources has resulted in declined in water levels in most part of the country.

Û To enhance availability of ground water at specific place and time.

Û To arrest sea water ingress.

Û To improve the water quality in aquifers.

Û To improve the vegetation cover.

Û To raise the water levels in wells & bore wells that are drying up.

Û To reduce power consumption.

Û An ideal solution of water problem in areas having inadequate water resources.

Û The ground water level will rise.

Û Mitigates the effect of drought & achieves drought proofing.

Û Reduces the runoff which chokes the storm water drains.

Û Flooding of roads is reduced.

Û Quality of water improves.

Û Soil erosion will be reduced.

Û Saving of energy per well for lifting of ground water – one meter of rise in water level saves about 0.40 KWH of electricity.
Install in your home a simple rain harvesting system connecting the roof of your home with a plastice pipe and connect the platstic pipe to a plastic tank and filter the water. Now you have pure rain water in your tank and use the same to wash dirty clothes,wash your car,use the rain water for gardening and many more use.
Do not use for drinking.
You have achieved eco friendly way of washing clothes efficiently.
Best of Luck !

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5 Responses to “How to wash clothes eco friendly?”

  1. You can use a lot less detergent and fabric softener than the manufacturer suggests. Use ‘green’ products if you can find one that works well for your needs. Air dry your laundry as much as possible.

  2. Use organic detergent
    Wash only full loads of laundry
    Use the waste water to water your lawn/garden etc

  3. Get a he front-loading washer with the highest spin rate you can get use an eco friendly detergent (I use ECOS) hook the washer up to rain barrels and for dryer use a clothesline when possible and a dryer with a moisture sensor when not possible. If you choose not to go with the rain barrels there are systems that store one loads rinse water to be used for the next loads initial wash water which would effectively cut water use in half and as the water from the final rinse would have some detergent may cut down on need for detergent.

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  5. Use phosphate free detergent which you can pretty much get anywhere these days.

    Wash with cold water

    Hang your clothes to dry rather than using the dryer if and when you can

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