Help sustain the life of your bamboo linens with eco friendly laundry practices
Materials like cotton and polyester are made using chemicals and dyes. Bamboo textiles are soft, sturdy and naturally produced without harmful chemicals. Why put chemicals into your bamboo linens, towels and clothes when you put them in the wash? Here are 4 eco friendly laundry tips for bamboo products.
1. Make your bamboo fabric last longer by using eco friendly drying options
All fabrics last longer when taken care of properly. Most people in North America use washers and dryers to do their laundry. Here’s what you should know about dryers. The dryer is a modern convenience that allows laundry to dry faster. Dryers are also big energy users so they end up costing you more on your energy bill. Not to mention, the high heat from the dryer damages fabrics and causes them to wear out faster. If you are environmentally conscious enough to buy eco friendly bamboo towels, linens, and other bamboo clothing items, then you probably will want to find a more eco friendly drying option for your laundry. Line drying on a clothesline or on an indoor laundry drying rack are good alternative that will help your laundry last longer. Another ecofriendly laundry tip is to hang up your clothes at night before going to bed, that way they will be dry or mostly dry the next day.
2. Use eco friendly laundry detergents that won’t damage natural fibers
Eco friendly manufacturing practices avoid using harmful chemicals and dyes in the production of organic bamboo textiles. Because organic bamboo towels, linens and clothing are free of toxic chemicals they are soothing on even the most sensitive skin. The best way to maintain the gentleness of your bamboo products is to use eco friendly laundry detergents. Typical laundry detergents are full of chemicals and artificial fragrances are harsh on your skin and on your fabric. The chemicals in these mainstream detergents break down the natural fibers in fabric causing them to wear out faster. Take care of your bamboo fabrics by choosing an eco friendly laundry detergent that’s gentle on your laundry, your skin and on the environment.
3. Stay away from dryer sheets
If you can’t break away from using your electric dryer, then at least consider getting rid of your dryer sheets. They may make your laundry smell nice, but they are not good for you or for the environment. Dryer sheets contain numerous harmful chemicals that are known carcinogens that have been linked to causing liver damage and cancer. An article on healthylivinghowto.com lists 7 toxic reasons why you should ditch dryer sheets, and it’s pretty convincing! If you’re worried about static and clingy clothes, there is an ecofriendly alternative to dryer sheets. Wool dryer balls can be used in the dryer to remove static and soak up moisture so it takes less time for your laundry to dry. And less time in the dryer means less energy being used.
4. Wash bamboo sheets and towels less frequently
Bamboo towels and sheets stay fresh longer and are resistant to bacteria and mildew. In the natural growing process of bamboo, pesticides are not needed to keep unwanted pests away since bamboo naturally repels bugs and is resistant to mold as well. When bamboo is used for fabric it retains this quality so that your bath towels stay fresh longer in between washes. Bamboo sheets also have anti bacterial qualities so you don’t need to wash them as frequently either. The added bonus (besides not doing as much laundry) is that the less you wash your bamboo linens, the longer they will last!
Bamboo linens will handle just fine in your regular washer and dryer, but these eco friendly laundry tips will hopefully help you extend the life of your bamboo bath towels, bed linens and garments. For more natural laundry ideas visit our eco laundry board on Pinterest.