September 30, 2020

5 Things Your Tenants Are Looking For

1. Access to High-Speed Internet.
As we move more and more toward a virtual world, access to high-speed internet is becoming an even greater priority for everyone. As many as 88% of employees are working from home and some companies have even decided to continue remote work for the foreseeable future. With your tenants spending both work time and leisure time at home, high-speed internet has never been more important. No one wants to have their connection drop during a video call, or worse, a binge session of their favorite show!

2. Contactless Payment Systems.
Tenants love the ease of new technology; the more they can do with their smartphones, the better. Contactless pickup, delivery, and payment have all recently become the norm. ShinePay creates less hassle by allowing you to accept mobile payments on your laundry machines! This not only fits into the contactless world we are living in but provides a solution during the current coin shortage and reduces your burden of transporting coins. And, the best part, it installs in less than five minutes! Can you say hassle-free?

3. Electric Vehicle Charging.
More and more people are making the switch to an electric vehicle. Tenants love to be able to charge their vehicles at home and not have to sit at a public charging station and wait for it to finish. The more charging stations at your residence, the more tenants you will attract as they feel they can take care of their vehicle needs at home!

4. Automating Maintenance Requests.
Tenants want to be able to complete their maintenance requests without having to call, wait on hold, and talk to anyone on the phone. The more they can complete from their smartphone or computer, the better. An app or website link is the perfect way to give them a fully automated way to request maintenance and follow its progress through updates sent directly to them. Tenants love electronic communication and quick responses.

5. Hands-free Solutions Across The Board
Contactless is the prevailing theme of 2020. The less your tenants have to touch, the happier they will be. Hands-free door openers, either automatic or foot pulls are always a big hit. Tenants are even liking key-less, touch-less entry to the gates and their homes. Again, people love new tech! A few simple amenity upgrades to your property can truly modernize the community and make your property much more user-friendly which will entice future residents and make great tenants want to stay.

Everyone is looking toward the future and better times ahead. Updating your property with new technology and amenities that provide people with safe, quick, contact-less ways to pay, request maintenance, and enter buildings will attract high-quality tenants. The laundry room is a great place to start and ShinePay is ready to assist in modernizing this incredibly necessary amenity. Contact us today to get your ShinePay devices!

June 26, 2020

Laundry Room Best Practices for preventing the Spread of Coronaviruses

CoronaViruses like COVID-19 can survive on metal, glass and plastic surfaces for many days if not properly cleaned, so here are a few best practice recommendations.

1. Wipe down all shared and frequently touched surfaces including machine exteriors and folding tables with antibacterial wipes or a disinfectant spray like Lysol or with an antibacterial solution daily. A bleached-based solution is not recommended as it can affect and discolor clothing and other articles being cleaned.

2. Advise tenants to also wipe machines down after each use and it is advised that you provide access to wipes or a spray bottles and paper towels in laundry room.

3. Wearing a cloth-based mask or 2-ply garment secured over the nose and mouth when doing laundry is advisable as well as reminding tenants to not make contact with their eyes, nose or mouth while doing laundry.

4. Optimizing your machines with a contactless payment solution like ShinePay is advisable as this method minimizes touched shared services and using bills and coins which can facilitate the spread of germs. 

5. All wash loads are recommended to  be run at a temperature of 120 degrees or higher and for a longer duration (30mins+).

The above recommendations are clothing laundering best practices ONLY and should not be taken as medical advice or public health advice, or to replace advice provided by any medical professional or public health official. Any recommendations put forth by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health, or any other local, state, national, or international health body should take precedence. ShinePay, Inc. will not be liable for illness, disease, or any damages suffered through contact with those infected by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus or ill with COVID-19 who are also using these facilities. Please continue maintaining social distancing, washing your hands after using high-contact surfaces, and all other recommended practices while using these facilities and washing your clothes. Stay safe!

June 12, 2020

COVID-19 Policies for Laundromats

  1. Locations that have historically been open 24/7 are recommended to restrict hours and to have an attendant present at all times to sanitize machines and enforce social distancing measures
  2. It is recommended that Pickup and Delivery Services be conducted in the evening to prevent having to explain to customers why some people can fold and others can’t.
  3. Limit the number of people in the store at one time.  A good measure is to allow in half the number of people when compared to the number of machines available. So if you have 230 machines, only allow in 10 people at one time and maintain one machine inactive between customers.
  4. Only allow one person per machine (unless the others are children under age 10).
  5. Offer hand-wipes or hand sanitizer and cloth masks to customers as they enter the store.
  6. Post signage that encourages the practice of social distancing and instruct attendants to politely enforce those measures.
  7. Block off folding areas and prohibit extended folding to decrease the time each customer spends in the location, “Wash, Dry, Go.”
  8. Enable a contactless payment solution like ShinePay. This reduces the touch-points customers come in contact with. No cash or coin exchange machines, coins, and coin mech inputs. Same with touch screen interfaces on credit card readers or VTMs. Mobile payment systems where customers interact with their own smartphone vs a “common” touchpoint are the best way to reduce the transmission of the germs.
  9. Reducing coin usage by attendants. Giving attendants an app to activate the laundry machines vs handfuls of Quarters highly reduces their chances of contracting or spreading the virus and reduces the need for future coin collection. 

Laundromat store owners should consider that while some of these tactics limit revenue, it is important to be mindful of the appearance to the community, and to be exemplary in our diligence toward preventing the spread of disease and viruses.

The above recommendations are clothing laundering best practices ONLY and should not be taken as medical advice or public health advice, or to replace advice provided by any medical professional or public health official. Any recommendations put forth by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health, or any other local, state, national, or international health body should take precedence. ShinePay, Inc. will not be liable for illness, disease, or any damages suffered through contact with those infected by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus or ill with COVID-19 who are also using these facilities. Please continue maintaining social distancing, washing your hands after using high-contact surfaces, and all other recommended practices while using these facilities and washing your clothes. Stay safe!

March 19, 2020

Best Practices for Laundry in the Age of Coronavirus

In these trying times brought on by the spread of Coronavirus, we are all concerned about being safe and remaining healthy.  A major action to take is to ensure that you are providing sanitary laundry facilities for your tenants, customers etc and to be informed when questions around laundry arise as we all strive to do our part to #FlattenTheCurve. 

Here at ShinePay, we have been raising awareness around how coins and cash are havens for pathogenic bacteria like Staphylococcus and even Coronavirus among others from our very beginning. Similarly, the touch screens that are required for use with card-operated laundry systems are also to be avoided if possible based on what scientists have found living on them, and they certainly need to be sanitized before every use.

To that end, we here at ShinePay have put together a few best practices for you to consider beyond removing cash, coins and touch screens from your laundry room requirements.  Recently, a number of great articles from trusted sources have been published on how long can the Coronavirus survive in the air and on surfaces, which we link to throughout this post.

Clothes and Covid-19

Clothing bedding and other types of garments can contain and transport droplets according to this article from Huffington Post, quoting former Chief Medical Officer of the CDC, Robert Ambler saying that, “Some researchers believe the fibers in porous material catch the virus particles, dry them out and break them apart,” Amler said. “Smooth surfaces like leather and vinyl can be wiped clean.”

Sanitize all surfaces daily 

The latest research has shown that the virus and similar pathogens can live on surfaces like cardboard, glass and steel for anywhere between 24 hours and up to 3 days. Also, there is   What this means is that frequent cleaning of all surfaces is certainly an action to take, as well as washing clothing worn outdoors as soon as possible. Also, if possible, providing disinfectant wipes or spray for your customers is recommended.

Wash and Dry at Higher Temps

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing loads at, “[...] a temperature of at least 160°F (71°C) for a minimum of 25 minutes is commonly recommended for hot-water washing.” A good suggestion is to dry loads at high temps and to do so for a longer cycle than you normally would.

Use Bleach or Detergents with a Bleach Compound

If using bleach, (which is recommended for white garments and bleach-resistant items) it is important to know that: Chlorine bleach becomes activated at water temperatures of 135°F–145°F (57.2°C–62.7°C).  In general pathogens and viral substances do not survive in a harsh environment like bleach solutions.

Mobile Payments over Coins

Mobile payment apps, ShinePay offer a more sanitary solution to coins.  Coins and shared surfaces like change machines are certainly to be avoided if possible.  When using an app like ShinePay to operate washers and dryers, please be sure to frequently sanitize your smartphone as well.

 (Image) A transmission-electron microscope image of an isolate from the first US case of Covid-19.PHOTOGRAPH: HANNAH A BULLOCK; AZAIBI TAMIN/CDC)



The above recommendations are clothing laundering best practices ONLY and should not be taken as medical advice or public health advice, or to replace advice provided by any medical professional or public health official. Any recommendations put forth by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health, or any other local, state, national, or international health body should take precedence. ShinePay, Inc. will not be liable for illness, disease, or any damages suffered through contact with those infected by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus or ill with COVID-19 who are also using these facilities. Please continue maintaining social distancing, washing your hands after using high-contact surfaces, and all other recommended practices while using these facilities and washing your clothes. Stay safe!

March 19, 2020

Do You Know the Difference Between Dry Cleaning and Laundry Cleaning?

Choosing to partner with a company for dry cleaning and laundry cleaning can help you save time and get better results. When deciding between dry cleaning versus laundry, you might be curious about whether there is really a difference between dry cleaning and laundry services. Read on in this article to learn more about dry cleaning and laundry services and how these work.

What Is Dry Cleaning?

Dry cleaning refers to a specialized process carried out by professionals who clean textiles and clothing using any chemical solvent other than water. This is not a dry process since clothes are indeed soaked in a liquid solvent. The most widely used solvent in the industry is called PERC for short.

What Are the Pros of Dry Cleaning?

Dry cleaning can be an appropriate method to ensure that your clothes are not only cleaned but are also pressed and/or starched. In some situations, when you have a stain in your clothes, it is recommended that you use dry cleaning services rather than laundry cleaning services.

Laundry Cleaning

There are several different laundry cycles that can be utilized for different kinds of clothing when you choose to partner with a laundry cleaning services provider. Although laundry cleaning might sound similar to dry cleaning, it is actually quite distinct. Laundry cleaning refers to the use of cleaning agents such as detergents, soaps or softeners along with water to remove dirt from clothing. This method can be very effective for a broad range of different types of laundry that you might have.

What Are the Pros of Laundry Cleaning?

Most individual homes have in-home washers or dryers or a communal laundry room accessible to everyone living in an apartment building. This means that you have to think about things like whether or not someone else has left the laundry room machine dirty or ensuring that you can properly load the washing machine, so you don’t over fill it. A pro of using laundry services, however, is that these can be much more affordable than dry cleaning. You can usually pay with credit cards, quarters or even mobile payments to do your laundry cleaning. There are pros to being able to do your laundry from home, but you need to think of things like using the right detergent, not overloading the washing machine, and not forgetting your clothes in the washer.

So Dry Cleaning Versus Laundry Cleaning - Which Is Better?

Depending on your individual circumstances, laundry cleaning is recommended as a first avenue for cleaning your clothes because of its greater accessibility and pricing.


1: Should you wash clothes before dry cleaning?

Clothes that are marked as dry clean only should only be sent to a dry cleaner, but most people will attempt to wash clothes that have stains or other issues before resorting to dry cleaning because at-home washing is cheaper.

2: What is the average price of dry cleaning?

The average price of dry cleaning depends primarily upon the area in which you live and the type of clothing you are having laundered. For clothes that are more difficult to clean or bulky, this can be quite expensive, and you should always ask your dry cleaning provider upfront. Shirts can cost anywhere from $5 to $15 to have these dry cleaned.

3: What happens when you wash dry clean only?

Dry clean only clothes can be seriously harmed as a result of being washed. It is important to review the type of fabric involved to make proper considerations and deciding whether or not to use dry cleaning.      

March 19, 2020

How Shinepay Can Help Reduce CO2 Emissions

Laundry habits might seem like an unlikely place to find new ways to reduce CO2 emissions.  Yet despite being mundane and easily overlooked, a few basic changes to the way you do your laundry can reduce your carbon footprint.

One new technology already helping to reduce the carbon footprint of laundromats is our app based laundry payment service, Shinepay.

How can an app help reduce a laundromat’s carbon emissions? Well, three ways:

  1. Skip the coins: Coins are more than just a hassle. They end up generating carbon emissions as they must be constantly transported on vehicles, consume electricity being automatically counted, and require infrastructure such as ATMs and change machines to withdraw. What’s more, coins represent a form of environmental pollution.
  2. Ditch the cards: Why bother with another senseless piece of plastic in your wallet? Manufacturing plastic creates CO2 emissions, and too many of those plastic cards end up polluting the environment or clogging landfills.
  3. Focus on the laundry: Shinepay dramatically simplifies payments for laundromat owners and customers alike. This frees up both to focus on getting their laundry done as efficiently and effectively as possible, reducing unnecessary expenditures.

What Is CO2?

CO2 is the chemical shorthand for the molecule carbon dioxide. It occurs naturally in the Earth’s atmosphere, where it takes the form of an odorless, colorless gas.

Produced by all aerobic organisms as an essential part of respiration, CO2 is an element essential to life as we know it. 

In addition to organisms, CO2 is also produced in the chemical process of combustion. As a result, CO2 is released into the atmosphere as a byproduct of a wide variety of machinery, including automobiles, power plants, and any device which relies on a combustion engine.

Despite being a natural component of earth’s atmosphere, CO2 is classified as a greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gases such as CO2 trap heat in the planet’s atmosphere, slowing the rate at which it radiates into space.

This effect contributes to a rise in the planet’s overall temperatures, speeding up climate change through global warming.

Since the Industrial Revolution, human activity has released large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere. The large quantities of CO2 produced by our evolving technology have contributed to the planet’s rising concentrations of atmospheric CO2.

With an eye on the health of our planet, environmentally savvy individuals and companies are banding together to reduce their CO2 emissions for the sake of our environment.

How Does Laundry Affect The Environment?

It might not seem like doing your laundry has much of an impact on the environment, but keeping our clothes and fabrics clean actually extracts quite a toll on the environment.

Here’s how:

  1. Power Consumption: Every time you use your washer or dryer, you’re consuming electricity. For most of us, this means actively increasing our electricity demand and (theoretically) forcing a power plant to emit more CO2.
  2. Water Consumption: Doing laundry takes quite a bit of water. Moving that water around requires electricity, which means CO2 emissions. It also means less available fresh water, and likely more work (and more emissions) for your local wastewater treatment plant.
  3. Transport Costs: Laundry is heavy. If you have to go to a laundromat, transporting it by vehicle or even public transit means adding to your carbon footprint. Even taking it down the elevator in your apartment building adds emissions.
  4. Pollution: There is a lot of stuff associated with laundry, such as detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, baskets, clothes hangers, all sorts of gizmos and gadgets. All of that stuff has a carbon footprint in its manufacturing and transport. Worse, much of it is not properly disposed of, creating sources of plastic and chemical pollution. Meanwhile, every load of laundry produces a sizable quantity of wastewater which must be treated or disposed of.

How Can I Reduce The Environmental Impact Of My Laundry Habits?

A growing practice known as Green Laundry focuses on educating people about the environmental impact of their laundry habits and showing them how to minimize the environmental impact of laundry day.

Done right, Green Laundry can reduce your environmental impact and even help you save a bit of money.

Here are the fundamental tenets of Green Laundry:

  • Be as efficient as possible with the size of your loads and the settings (temperature, cycle type, etc.) on your washing machine. Use cold water as much as possible.
  • Minimize dryer time by hanging up clothes to line dry.
  • Reduce how frequently you wash clothes by re-wearing items which aren’t noticeably dirty.
  • Hand wash whenever possible.
  • Avoid dry cleaners.
  • Minimize waste from laundry products and properly dispose of all laundry related waste.

Taking the time to learn how your laundry habits affect the environment is all it takes to help you work smarter and not harder when it comes to laundry day.

What Other Ways Can I Reduce CO2 Emissions Besides Changing My Laundry Habits?

If you look at the four ways that laundry affects the environment we laid out above, you might notice that it’s a list of things which could apply to many of the things we do everyday.

Our laundry habits are far from being the only thing which consume water and power, require transportation, and generate pollution. 

Spend some time reflecting on what you do in the average day and you’re likely to find yourself doing all four of these things on a regular basis!

Thankfully, you’re now armed with some powerful knowledge. The same sort of steps you take to minimize the environmental impact of your laundry habits can be put to work to help you reduce your environmental impact and carbon footprint from any number of any day activities.

How Can I Reduce CO2 Emissions From My Laundromat Or Apartment Building?

If you’re the owner or manager of an apartment building or laundromat and want to reduce the CO2 emissions from your property, one excellent shortcut is Shinepay.

Shinepay lets you skip all sorts of unnecessary hassle, expense, and carbon emissions by liberating you from dealing with huge amounts of coins or constantly issuing plastic cards.

Join the modern world with a modern payment system -- and do your part for the environment while you’re at it.

Reducing Environmental Impact With Shinepay FAQ

1. What’s the best way to make environmentally friendly laundry detergent?

Homemade laundry detergent is sometimes considered to be more environmentally friendly than store bought brands, which often contain a wide array of chemicals such as fragrances which can be toxic and pose an environmental hazard. Laundry detergent can be made at home utilizing ingredients such as borax, baking soda, and lye soap.

2. How much money can I save by drying my clothes on a clothesline? 

In the United States, it costs on average around 45 cents to run an electric dryer for 40 minutes. That means if you forego an hour in the dryer to hang that load up on the line, you’re saving about 67 cents by doing so, as well as reducing your carbon footprint. At a coin laundromat where the rate is often 25 cents for six minutes of drying time, a 42 minute spin in the dryer would cost a whopping $1.75.

3. Is washing powder more eco friendly than liquid detergent?

More important than the consistency of your detergent is its ingredient list. Both washing powder and liquid detergent can be equally environmentally friendly. It all depends on what ingredients are used.

March 19, 2020

Why ShinePay’s Mobile Payment System Is Better Than Coin Payments

Since the inception of the self service laundromat, coins have been king when it comes to currency for getting those washers and dryers spinning.

It might seem like coins are an inseparable part of the laundromat experience. However, future thinking laundromat owners have begun to pursue a coinless laundry experience -- with exceptional results.

Although coins have served us well, they have a lot of drawbacks. Lucky for lovers of clean clothes, these drawbacks have been largely eliminated by laundry payment apps which can seriously modernize any laundromat.

But is all this high technology really worth leaving the simplicity of coins behind? 

Let us assure you: it is. Let’s have a look at why and how.

Shinepay Outshines Coin Payments

We all know that doing laundry isn’t exactly exciting. It’s a chore that we’d all probably prefer to avoid if we could. 

Worrying about doing your laundry is one thing, but having to make change, fuss with a bunch of coins, and constantly keep track of large amounts of change just to get your laundry clean adds another level of inconvenience.

Fortunately, a solution such as Shinepay not only makes laundry day a little easier, it completely eliminates the extra chore of handling change.

Shinepay makes it so simple to pay for laundry that once installed, you’ll never have to put any thought into paying for your laundry again.

The system is as simple as could be. Just download the Shinepay app, add a payment method, and scan the QR codes on the machines at any Shinepay equipped laundromat to pay automatically.

As simple as it might seem on the surface, the technology at the heart of Shinepay is a serious revolution for laundromat owners everywhere. Suddenly neither customer nor laundromat need to worry about handling tons of coins, making change, or chasing stray quarters ever again.

Why Coin Payments Are A Pain

One of the latest casualties of modern technology is small change. 

With more and more people relying on credit or debit cards and phone apps to make payments, carrying cash at all has become something of a rarity. Even rarer still is having a lot of coins on hand.

This progression has turned services with coin payments into a real pain to use. Coins which used to be plentiful in our everyday lives have become more specialized. 

Rather than simply having them on hand, customers often need to go out of their way to get coins. This process can even incur additional fees as they may need to make a withdrawal from an ATM or pay a processing fee for a change machine.

These obstacles to getting coins can often lead laundromat customers to limit the number of loads or the length of dry time to suit the number of coins available to them, potentially leading to lost profits for the laundromat -- not to mention clothes not quite as clean as they ought to be.

Coin payments aren’t just a hassle for customers, either. For laundromat owners, coin payments represent a serious security risk and a real logistical challenge.

Having a large quantity of coins on hand can be a tricky business. They are easy to steal and difficult to count, making them tricky to account for and ready targets for thieves. They are also bulky and heavy, and must regularly be transported to a bank.

All of this time and energy spent wrangling a coin collection can affect the bottom line for laundry businesses. In fact, going old school and relying on coins may be costing your business more than you would spend upgrading to a modern mobile payment system.

Shinepay Allows You To Generate Intuitive Reports

Shinepay not only solves all of the logistical issues of handling physical coins, but it also works wonders for solving all of the accounting problems coin payments can bring with them.

Instead of being forced to manually collect and collate all of the data about your earnings from a variety of machines, Shinepay seamlessly integrates all of the data you need into an intuitive reporting system.

Rather than doing guesswork, you have all of the information you need about your machine's earnings readily available in an easily digestible format.

Sure beats counting quarters.

Don’t Get Left Behind

Once a customer experiences the simplicity and convenience of a mobile payment system, they will never look at an old coin operated laundromat the same way again.

Don’t let your laundry business get left behind. Take the plunge into the modern era and upgrade your laundromat’s payment system to Shinepay. Your customers will thank you (and so will your accountant!)

Shinepay Mobile Laundry Payment System FAQs

1. Is the Shinepay app easy to use?

The Shinepay app is designed to make everything as simple as possible. It takes just a few minutes to become familiar with the app, setup a payment method, and begin doing your laundry. After setup, all you need to do is scan any Shinepay QR code to make a payment.

2. Is the Shinepay app safe to have on my phone?

Absolutely! The Shinepay app is developed by professional app developers and is safe to use on your Android or iOS device. 

3. Does the hardware for Shinepay take long to install on my laundry machines?

Shinepay is designed for quick and painless installation. It can often be installed in just a few minutes with minimal tools. However, the exact process for installation will vary depending on the make and model of your laundry machines.

March 19, 2020

Washing Machine Repair and Safety Must-Know Things

When attempting to repair your washing machine, it is important to remain safe. Washing machine repair is best handled by an outside professional, so hiring a washing machine repair service could be extremely helpful for minimizing your risk of injury and additional issues while attempting to clean or repair your own washing machine. There are some situations where you can handle the washing machine repair on your own.

Safety Tips You Need to Know Before You Attempt Any Repairs

One of the most important things you can keep in mind before attempting any repairs on your washing machine is to ensure that the appliance is not only turned off but unplugged from the wall. Always unplug the appliance and turn off the water after use. Before opening the door of the appliance to check inside, make sure that all of the water has drained, and you should never open the door if you still see water. Check the appliance before each use to make sure that small children or pets have not climbed inside of it. Repairs made by unqualified or inexperienced people could lead to injuries or even the need for more serious and expensive repairs.

What Causes My Washing Machine to Break Down in the First Place

Washing machines need to be treated properly and on a regular basis to ensure they operate as they are supposed to and do not break down.

Is It Expensive to Hire Someone for a Washing Machine Repair Service?

Choosing the right washing machines from the outset makes it much less likely that you will need a washing machine repair service. This is especially important when you use washing machines inside your business. 

If you own a business that offers laundry service, you'll want to make sure that you know how to find the best washing machines for your business to make sure they meet the needs of your customers and aren't likely to break down this frequently. In many cases, you may be able to get to use washing machine repair services to get your washing machine back up and running sooner rather than later, and it can be less expensive than purchasing a new washing machine.

Determine If Your Washing Machine Is Under Warranty

One of the most important steps before hiring a washing machine repair service or calling in a technician to work on it is to determine whether or not your washing machine is under warranty. If it is under warranty you might not have to pay anything at all for the repair.

Can I Fix the Payment System for My Washing Machine?

If you have a mobile payment system from Shine Pay, there are steps you can take to try and fix any payment issues on your own. If they cannot be fixed, then Shine Pay’s support system will help to take care of you.

Washing Machine Repair FAQ

How long does a washing machine last?

A highly rated washing machine can last for many years but might need some repair in that period.

What are some of the most common issues with a washing machine?

One of the most common issues with a washing machine is the machine won't fill with water, the washing machine is noisy, the drum doesn't turn, the door won't open, or closed, and it does not smell right.

How often should you replace your washing machine?

Replacing your washing machine depends on how recently you purchased it. The average life expectancy of a brand-new washing machine is 11 years and consumer reports recommend replacing any appliances that are older than 8 years. If you have purchased a top of the line washing machine, however, you might not have to repair as often as you might expect.     

February 26, 2020

What It Means To Do Green Laundry (And How To Do It!)

When it’s piling up on you, nothing seems more mundane than laundry day.

Yet as much as a routine as it may be for most of us, this seemingly innocuous everyday task actually has some far reaching implications.

The uncomfortable truth is that our desire for fresh clean clothes is actually a bit of an environmental burden.

Even though washing machines and dryers have made laundry a painless affair, doing your laundry still isn’t free. And it won’t be any time soon.

The reason why is simple enough: doing laundry consumes important resources, like electricity, water, and laundry detergent.

In the process, all of our modern laundry equipment produces some pollution. Greenhouse gasses are released to generate the electricity necessary to operate these devices, devices which also produce wastewater as a byproduct.

What’s more, waste in the form of detergent packets, fabric softener sheets, and dozens of other laundry products -- as well as discarded washers and dryers -- often end up damaging the environment in the form of litter.

Fortunately, for the eco-conscious citizens of the Earth who love a clean shirt, there is a new laundry philosophy to help minimize the impact of our addiction to clean clothes.

What Is Green Laundry?

environmentally friendly laundry practices

Green laundry is a new movement of environmentally conscious laundry practices designed to make washing your clothes a much greener and more sustainable process.

Using a few simple techniques and an approach to laundry which emphasizes the importance of your environmental impact over the expediency of your laundry day.

Done right, a good green laundry plan can save you money and reduce your carbon emissions while still maintaining the standard of cleanliness you expect from a good laundry day.

Let’s take a look at a few simple green laundry tips which you can implement right away to do your part for the environment.

Wear Your Clothes More Than Once

Clothes hanging in a closet

How dirty are those clothes, really? The truth is that many of us wash our clothes way more than necessary.

We’re not encouraging you to go full caveman mode here. If your clothes are dirty, sweaty, soiled, or smelly, get them off!

However, if you find yourself throwing clothes into the wash simply because you wore them once for a few minutes, you might want to reconsider. 

If an item can be worn with no visual or olfactory indications that it’s dirty, why not give it another spin? It will cut down on your laundry!

Use Energy Efficient Washers And Dryers

Ever taken a close look at how much energy and water your washer and dryer are using?

No? Well, it could save you some money!

Modern washing machines and dryers are designed to maximize energy efficiency. Selecting the right model can mean saving big bucks when it comes time to pay your electricity bill, especially if you’re using an old and outdated machine.

What’s more, your washer and dryer may even have some energy efficient setting you can engage. Check your owner’s manual to find out the most efficient way to operate your equipment.

Hang Or Line Dry Your Clothes

The dryer is a hungry beast. It sucks up a ton of electricity as it tumbles your laundry and heats up all those clothes.

The average dryer consumes more electricity than the average washer, making drying your clothes one of the most expensives parts of laundry day. 

However, this is an expense you can avoid entirely.

While sometimes the dryer is an absolute must, with a little bit of planning you can hang your clothes out to dry and skip the energy hungry dryer entirely.

What’s greener than using the sun? Hang your clothes outside on a sunny day and you’ll find them drying in no time flat.

Skip The Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning has a pretty reputation when it comes to environmental affairs. Chemicals used in the dry cleaning process have been shown to be harmful to the environment and dry cleaners shown to be a major source of pollution.

Although modern dry cleaning operations have taken many steps to curtail this, dry cleaning remains a major source of environmental pollution.

To help minimize your environmental impact, skip the dry cleaner if at all possible.

Some delicate items can be carefully hand washed instead of dry cleaned.

If you absolutely must go to a dry cleaner, seek out one that uses environmentally friendly practices. Inquire about the type of solvents they use and their process for waste disposal.

Green Laundry FAQs

1. Which laundry detergents are environmentally friendly?

There are a wide variety of detergents on the market today which are environmentally friendly. To find the best, consult the ingredients list on the product label and perform your own research on the ingredients listed.

2. Can I make my own eco-friendly laundry detergent?

Yes. There are a variety of recipes available which allow you to make your own eco-friendly laundry detergent at home utilizing ingredients such as castile soap, lye soap, or Borax.

3. Is fabric softener bad for the environment?

Fabric softener can often contain a cocktail of chemicals, many of which can be toxic to the environment and even people. What’s more, fabric softener can even damage your clothing in the long run, by locking in smells and stains which build up over time.

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