Nachhaltig waschen – saubere Wäsche, die nicht zu Lasten der Umwelt geht - NIKIN EU

Wash sustainably – clean laundry that does not harm the environment

Transportation, resources, consumption: the sustainability debate is in full swing in many areas. Less noticed is an area where there is a lot of potential. Sustainable washing.

Depending on how many people live in a household, the washing machine may run once a day. Since the practical device does the work, sometimes in combination with a tumble dryer, consumers don't notice how much water, detergent, additives and energy are used (except perhaps when looking at the electricity bill). In practice, however, almost all of us wash far too often, with too much effort and without making optimal use of the washing machine. However, with a few tips you can easily wash it sustainably - it's good for the environment and your wallet!


Wash sustainably 1: washing less is also possible

In our generally cooler latitudes, not every piece of clothing worn needs to be washed straight away. Of course, underwear is, but blouses, pants, sweaters and other clothing don't get dirty after being worn once or twice. As long as the good piece doesn't smell of sweat, you can hang it on a hanger and air it out. This works great on the balcony, but also in the apartment.

Wash sustainably 2: Prewash only if heavily soiled

The pre-wash cycle, which is automatically activated in many machines, is often not even necessary. Only if really dirty white laundry needs to be treated effectively does the complete prewash + main wash program at 60°C or more make sense. Otherwise: simply leave it out or prefer the eco setting of the machine.


Sustainable washing 3: it's all a question of temperature

Clothing, including underwear, does not need high temperatures to get clean. For the majority of our laundry loads, a wash cycle at 40°C is sufficient. You can also switch down when spinning, because the laundry is almost dry at the highest setting, but the regular, strong spinning puts a strain on the clothes.

Washing sustainably 4: there are organic alternatives for washing powder

Many heavily advertised detergents not only fail in the product test, they are also usually overdosed. There are other options. You can make washing powder yourself or try out innovative gadgets like washing balls . Because the purpose of detergent is not exactly cleaning. It works by breaking the surface tension of water and allowing it to penetrate deeper into the tissue. In addition, washing powder is mixed with fragrances, which later create the “clean” smell. Washing balls also remove surface tension and are sufficient for all wash cycles in which no heavily soiled items of clothing are stirred through. If you really want a “fresh scent”, you can add a drop of fragrance oil, and sweaty clothes can be soaked in a 3:1 mixture of water and vinegar before washing.


Wash sustainably 5: Fabric softener can even do harm

The frequently used fabric softener is also an overrated additive. It is unnecessary and in some cases even harmful, especially when textiles contain elastane. Swimsuits, leggings, elastic sweaters and sportswear become soft with fabric softener, but they quickly become baggy. And mercilessly softened towels, as the advertising suggests, dry far less well than untreated terry cloth. This is because the additives cover the textile fibers with a grease-based film. The material is not made softer, just artificially trimmed to be soft.

Wash sustainably 6: remove stains with home remedies

Before washing, stubborn dirt and stains are often tackled with chemical helpers. That doesn't have to be the case either. Home remedies help with many stains: blood stains are removed by soaking in cold (!) water, red wine stains sprinkled with salt disappear in the laundry. Pre-treatment with gall soap is also very effective, but the small pieces of soap are less prominently placed in many shops than the “chemical club”. There are lots of tips and tricks, especially for treating stains, as mom and grandma still knew them. You can save a lot when using the washing machine. It is often enough to rethink your own behavior and carry out the washing cycles each week consciously instead of just casually. If you put a large amount of clothing in the drum a day or two later and turn down the temperature and spin setting, you have already done a lot!

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