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    It's been a little slow in Green Living so I thought I would share a blog post I wrote about Eco-Friendly Laundry- Lean and Green Frugal Living: Ten Eco Friendly Laundry Tips I haven't made the switch to using only natural laundry products since I still have a ton of Tide in my stockpile but I am LOVING wool dryer balls DO any of you do any of these 10 things?

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    We do all of that, except we use the dryer too much. Normally I hang dry clothes outside from spring to fall, but this year I'm pregnant and it's a struggle to get out there to hang stuff up.

    As for laundry soap, we use soap nuts -- I swear by them!

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    Interesting blog post. I do most of these as well: looove our new he washer!
    We also use the dryer too much, but are working on it.
    And a great green stain remover is hydrogen peroxide. Love the stuff, mixed with baking soda to scrub or with a bit of dawn dish liquid ( not so green but still) for food stains. The stuff is great!

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    I use vinegar in the rinse cycle for pet blankets to completely get rid of lingering odors. Plus, it cuts down on static so I don't need to use dryer sheets. I also hang lots of my clothing to dry. And pet blankets get hung on our dog pen fence.

    I read somewhere that running the dryer costs 53 cents a load. I figure I save around $2 a week by hanging stuff to dry. That's over $100 a year.

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    I use the dryer way too much as well- if we ever get a house a clothes line is the first thing to go up!

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    Agreed with the vinegar. I use it in lieu of softener and it's great. I like the fact that my laundry doesn't smell like anything buy clean clothes. No spring-rained-flowering-valley-airy-freshness-of-the-mountain chemical smell for us!

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    I have never heard of wool dryer balls!
    I use my washer and dryer but also hang in my day light basement with the dehumidifier on. There was so much pollen everything was covered. It's not as bad now but we seem to have these tiny white worms that hang from some trees. Not that many this year but just enough to make me nuts. Also my towels and a few other items always go in the dryer. I use vinegar for the rinse cycle. The hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dawn for spot cleaning. I am a slob too when I do anything. Spill should be my middle name.

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    LOL, if it is dry clean, I don't buy it.

    I do most of them and he are on the appliance list when they need replaced. If I remember to toss a dry towel in the occasional use of the dryer, it does cut down on the time a few mins. But I only dry < 1/4 of my clothes and the linens as I don't have a place outside to hang them from.

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    I do pretty much all..............when no wind (50) mph hang clothes on clothes line hubby made for me for mother days a couple of years ago
    do try to use eco friendly laundry soap...........not ready to make my own yet
    don't by dry clean only clothes
    normally wash once a week
    do wear jeans and shorts more then once, towels a couple of times socks and underwear never

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    I use baking soda with my laundry detergent and I do also add vinegar to the last rinse.

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    I use cold water for everything except sheets and towels, and I only run it when there's a full load.

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    Great tips, I love my wool dryer balls. I started using soap nuts as an eco friendly alternative to detergent. They ended up being more cost effective as well. I blogged about it here; http://healthyhoes.com/2014/08/17/or...-soap-berries/

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    I do all except for the energy-efficient washing machine. I can't afford one yet. I don't have a dryer and I make my own detergent. If anybody wants the recipe, I'd be happy to post it!

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    I hang my clothes to dry on nice days when I have the time. We rely on our dryer way too much as well. Need to curb that habit.

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    I practice all but #2 and #7.

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