Before anyone gets in a tizzy, this is all about laundry.
Laundry? Really? I hear from a few of you. Soli, I thought this was supposed to be a FOOD blog. Well, it is. But the traditional foods movement is about a lot more than simply eating a lot of butter, grass fed meat, and fats. It’s also about an overall environmentally conscious movement to take in good stuff, and keep out the unnecessary bad stuff. One of those places should indeed be the stuff that keeps you covered daily: clothing.
Last week, that bastion of environmental publishing, the Wall Street Journal, ran an article about laundry, and specifically how “we’re doing it all wrong.”
It starts with talking about how our habits with actually performing the chore of laundry are set in our youth and not likely to change. So what’s the problem? You put clothes in bin, put in soap, turn dial, and an hour later, you have clean clothes. Well, for one, maybe we don’t need all that soap.
One detergent-maker’s survey found that 53% of people don’t use the recommended amount of detergent per washload, preferring instead to guess or, worse, to simply fill the cap up to the top—a practice that wastes more than half the loads a detergent bottle could wash.
The article is continued here. (and if the link expires, please let me know.) There are suggestions as to what could make your laundry not come out as sparking as you might want it to be. And to combat that issue of overuse of soap, the manufacturers have that covered!
To clean the buildup from overpouring, Ms. Zeitler recommends cleaning washers monthly using an empty hot-water cycle and either bleach or Affresh, a cleaning product it introduced just as concentrated detergents hit.
(pardon me, I think I showed a little of my sarcasm there)
I’m a fan of doing laundry, it’s actually one of the easier household chores to me. Maybe it’s because I only have my own laundry and take good care of my clothes in general. Therefore I don’t have to do loads daily and possibly worry about running out of clean knickers. Somehow I imagine all of you with kids have a bit more to content with on this front too. Maybe you would benefit from the real dirty little secret at the end of the article…
Seventh Generation’s co-founder, Jeffrey Hollender, wonders why more people haven’t stumbled upon laundry’s big, dirty secret: “You don’t even need soap to wash most loads,” he says. The agitation of washing machines often does the job on its own.
I might have to try this sometime.
This post is a part of Real Food Wednesday.