How to do laundry like a European
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 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. FAC makes laundry flakes as well, and both of these options are made with only a few ingredients, and no harsh chemicals.
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!
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.
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.