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Washing the Clothes, Leaving a Light Footprint

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We all want to be green and eco-friendly. We want to leave a light footprint. But how does that pertain to laundry?

If this is one of your burning questions -- and even if it's not -- there are lots of ideas available on this subject.

" ... after the refrigerator, the washing machine and dryer are typically the leading culprits in terms of high resource usage in the home -- especially if they're older models. Add to that the varied laundry products going down the drain, and you're looking at a couple of not-so-green cleaning machines. But there are ways you can continue to use these convenient appliances while still taking care of the earth."

You can save water by doing one big load in the washing machine instead of a couple smaller ones. Soap or detergent? Do you have an opinion or preference? Would you know how to get one?

What about drying your clothes? Use the dryer, which takes more energy, or hang it on the line?

Weigh the pros and cons. Let this site tell you what some of those pros and cons might be.


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