Whether you iron a few shirts each week or have a family full load of trousers shirts and linens, there are a few things you can do to green up this activity.
1. Consider the iron you use, as some models offer eco benefits. Try the Ecolectric Iron which has several eco features including a big water tank, auto shut off after 3 minutes and the iron comes in packaging that is 100% recyclable.
2. Do you use starch spray? Try an earth friendly starch bottle that comes with all natural ingredients, is biodegradable and is non-aerosol, as opposed to the chemical filled traditional starch spray bottles.
3. And another idea to try is to avoid wrinkles in the first place. I know this is easier said than done, but if you remove clothes from the dryer as soon as the load is done, this reduces the chances of a wrinkly wardrobe a good deal.
4. Use natural steam such as the one you gather up in the morning shower.
5. Iron at night when power tends to be cheaper.
6. Go old school and hand out to dry, try a hemp chord and line dry outside if it’s a nice breezy warm day.
7. As reported on Daily Green, use foil and place underneath your clothers so the heat bounces back to the item. This way you tackle both the top and bottom sides of the garment. I have never heard of this trick, but will try it and see if it helps.
What about you? What neat tips and tricks do you have to green up the relaxing activity of ironing. Share below.