Recently, a laundry products company approached me about blogging up a laundry challenge here on We Be Shariní. The challenge? Go greener in the laundry department. Here are the details.
The company is Seventh Generation, one Iíve mentioned here before on We Be Sharin, and in order to get the lady bloggers out here in internet land to go greener when laundering our clothing and household items, theyíve provided some of us (myself included)with the following tools:
A portable drying rack, 1 large jug of Seventh Generation laundry liquid, a natural fiber laundry basket with wooden handles, 1 package of wooden clothespins and a flip camera to document a video at the end of the whole process. Thereíll also be a product give away at the end of this project in a few weeks, so stay tuned.
Their recommendations: use cold water for washing, air dry all laundry and use a more planet-friendly laundry liquid.
Hereís how itís going so far: The laundry detergent is working fine. No complaints in that department. The basket and clothespins are fun little add-ons to the project and definitely get the job done of transporting and hanging up clothes. Other than the occasional load of whites or something that needs to be extra sanitized, I already wash all of our clothes in cold water and can completely vouch for the fact that the clothes come out satisfactorily clean and our electricity bill due to water heating is definitely more affordable this way.
Initial snag: I live in the Ďburbs. With an HOA. That uber cool portable drying rack Seventh Generation sent me as part of my project package? Against the fine print. What a drag.† Iím using a retractable covered chord line that attaches to a hook on the inside of my fence, below the top edge where the HOA folks canít see or complain about the fact that I have a laundry line in my back yard. The other side is attached to the house. Not as much space to dry clothes as with the other rack, but I can still dry small loads and put up the incidentals from our day trips to the neighborhood swimming pool.
More in two weeks, as I try to work out all the kinks with line drying in Florida. Itís definitely a different prospect entirely than drying clothes outside on our breezy lakefront property up in Maine. But Iím going to continue giving it a shot.
Photo Credit: †McKay Savage