How to do laundry like a European

Textiles being air dried in a beautiful landscape of a field of grass, lake and mountains in the background

 

 

The average American family does about 300 loads of laundry a year, each load using around 41 gallons of water. Many Americans wash their clothes using highly-chemical concentrates that run into the ocean, then tumble them in an electric dryer. Needless to say, this whole process causes a significant environmental impact. 

 

Fortunately, most of the world doesn't do laundry this way, and there's a lot we can learn from them!

 

 

Laundry room with natural woven hamper on the floor holding quilted blanket

Laundry detergents that are gentle on your skin and the earth

 

Europeans use different laundry detergents based on a number of factors, but a safe option for your clothes, yourself, and the environment, is something like the Fer à Cheval Liquid Laundry Soap. ​Savonnerie Fer à Cheval makes laundry flakes as well, and both of these options are made with only a few ingredients, and no harsh chemicals.

Woman holding natural woven laundry basket filled with linens and container of laundry soap flakes

It's unscented too, which means that you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to it, or keep it plan for a more natural scent!

Pictured: Fer à Cheval Marseille Laundry Soap Flakes 400g

 

 

An eco-friendly way to dry clothes

 

While a lot of Europeans have washers in home, many do not have dryers. Instead, you'll notice many use clothes lines or drying racks to get the job done. 

 

Laundry hanging outside a window air drying with a beautiful landscape behind it. The architecture is rustic.

 

While air drying your clothes definitely takes longer than tumbling them, it saves a ton of energy and ensures that your partner never accidentally shrinks your favorite cashmere sweater. Plus - air drying prolongs the life and quality of your clothes!

Overall, Europeans prioritize environmental sustainability, quality, and longevity when it comes to laundry practices. By following these tips, you can do laundry like a European and contribute to a more sustainable and mindful lifestyle.


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