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Eco-Challenge: Make a laundry list of changes

 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet


As part of our commitment to Earth via our Laudato Si’ Action Plan, we are inviting everyone who shares in our charism to take a monthly Eco-Challenge with us.

Change things up in your laundry room

One small area where individuals can make a big impact is in their choices about how they do laundry. Quick, cost-saving changes you can make today include using cold water and line drying.

Several of our sisters have been using plastic-free laundry sheets and wool dryer balls for a while. We’ve put together a list of eco-friendly items recommended by our sisters, associates and partners in mission, which you can find on our Recommended Sustainable Products page. Click on the drop-down box labeled “Eco-Friendly Laundry Products.”

The Saga of Snappy Shirt

Follow Snappy Shirt through its laundry cycle below.

A comic strip about a tshirt's journey through a sustainable laundry cycle

Snappy Shirt gets washed in cold water, saving energy; using detergent sheets, cutting out plastic and reducing shipping impacts; follows that by a tumble dry with wool dryer balls, eliminating fabric softener. Snappy Shirt looks forward to line drying in the future to save all the energy used by the dryer.

Take the Eco-Challenge

In May, choose one or all of these challenges to make a laundry list of changes. Earn a soap bubble for each of these sustainable swaps.

  • Use cold water for washing and rinsing (1 soap bubble)
  • Use laundry detergent sheets, not detergent in a plastic jug (1 soap bubble)
  • Use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets (1 soap bubble)
  • Line dry your laundry (2 soap bubbles)

How many bubbles did you suds up? Share in a comment below!

Spread the word

  1. Choose your challenge above
  2. Share your commitment in the comments section below.
  3. Claim your May Eco-Challenge badge by sharing our post on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.
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6 thoughts on “Eco-Challenge: Make a laundry list of changes”

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    I didn’t know how much heat can be saved by using cold water in which to wash clothes. Also, most laundries in the motherhouse have no way to dry clothes by hanging them on a line. Woolen balls help keep wrinkles from forming and some laundry can be dried easily by hanging over the shower curtain bar in the bathroom.

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    I just heard about pinning a safety pin to the wool dryer balls to reduce static electricity especially as the dryer ball gets older. Also, as they get older put them in the washing machine to revive them!

    1. Kim Westerman

      I learned from experience to use a pliers to make sure the safety pins can’t open up and fall out during the cycle. I just squeezed the head of the pin. I can’t say I’ve seen a huge difference in static, but I’m going to try running them through the wash again!

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    I am enjoying laudry sheets- they get clothes clean and fresh and no waste! The dryer balls are great, too. Mine were getting worn so I took the “foot” part of old wool socks and gave them new life! Line drying is a challange. I do line dry some clothes, but struggle to carry all the wet clothes up 4 flights of stairs, so it’s a compromise.

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    Sr. Kristina DeNeve

    Well, I get four bubbles for the laundry challenge. I admit that I do not like how my socks and towels feel when they are line dried so they still go in the dryer. I’ll take any suggestions folks have on how to “fluff” up items that feel softer coming out of the drier than line drying?!

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    Sr. Pat Murphy, CSJ

    The soap sheets are new to me, but I haven’t noticed a difference in how clean my laundry is. Wool dryer balls seem to still leave static, but it doesn’t create a major problem for me. As long as I am not required to take a cold shower, the cold water wash works just fine. I have not yet figured out where to hang wet clothes indoors (drying on the balcony is frowned upon), so I only get three soap bubbles.

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