Apparently a lot of us have a not-so-little dirty secret: we wash too much laundry! Whether you’re only wearing your jeans once before tossing them in the suds or you have a thing about not using towels twice, it adds up. Which is why we’re enamored of our latest clothes-related action: wash less laundry.
What’s less? Well it obviously depends on what your home life is like.
The average family does six to eight loads of laundry a week. Maybe you’re above or below average. Maybe you don’t have a family. Either way, there’s always a way to do less. Try just washing the things that are next to your skin (underwear, tight fitting shirts) after one wash, and wearing everything else a little longer before dunking them in machine. Some designers have notoriously suggested (almost) never washing jeans and Levi’s recently began encouraging consumers to only wash them once every two weeks. Whether you’re willing to marinate that long is up to you, but know it does make the denim—and any fabric you wash less—last longer.
Washing less has other great benefits, too. It saves cash, water, and energy (especially if you currently wash in warm or hot water and use the dryer). And it is worth 20 PG points!
While you’re (re)considering your clothes and linens, we have many other actions to help anyone green up their laundry routine—from switching to natural detergent, stain remover, and dryer sheets to line drying. If you’re feeling the need for inspiration, it’s just a click away.