Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

Green your laundry and get a wash load of savings.

Did you know that the washing machine is the second biggest water consumer in your home, second only to the toilet. 

To go green in the laundry room consider this, top loaders take about 40 gallons of water to wash one load, that’s almost twice as much as a high efficiency front loading machine. 

Front loaders tumble the clothes the same way a drier does, this uses less water. When you save water in the laundry room, you save energy as well.

When shopping look for washing machines that have the energy star logo. For dryers make sure you choose one that has a moisture sensor, these automatically shut the machine off when clothes are dry. 

It's laundry day, make sure you have a full load and use cold water. To dry your clothes, use a clothes line or hang them outside, they’ll smell better and you’ll use less energy.

When buying laundry soap, look for detergents that are plant based, not petroleum based. 

When it comes to bleach, chlorine is a no-no because it can contaminate our ground water. As an alternative try whitener’s that are hydrogen peroxide or oxygen based. 

Follow these simple tips, and I promise you, cleaner clothes and a cleaner environment.