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Do you need some green laundry tips? Do have have some to share with the rest of us?  As part of the True Value DIY Blog Squad I get to write a feature for the StartRight StartHere site about green laundry tips.

Some of the tips I found through research, many of them are from the life I live. I think green living falls into three categories:

  • Those of us who go green because it’s the right thing to do
  • Those of us who go green because of a tight budget
  • Those of us who go green because it’s how we were brought up

I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s all of the above.


clothes-horseDo you recognize this contraption? We grew up calling it a “clothes horse”.  What did you call it? Did you have one?  Do you still have one?   I have two.

When you hop over to read my Green Laundry Tips on the True Value site, there’s a little tidbit I didn’t share there.  If you follow me on Facebook, you probably know I recently bought a new washer and dryer after my dryer finally bit the dust.  After a little trial and error and a huge learning curve, they are finally growing on me.  I do believe  the newer, more efficient models are better for our environment and are going to save me money.

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Please share your tips below, so we can all do a better job saving money and saving our earth.


I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. Hi Gail!
    You know this is article that I’m very interested in– one I was raised like this, to conserve and two living on a ‘retired’ budget…it just saves money.
    -Make my own laundry soap…and I’ll say since this is a True Value post…I just found that I can purchase ALL the ingredients there and not have to go from store to store. I recently bought everything on one of those “bag days” whatever fits in the bag you get 20% off. So automatic 20% off my laundry ingredients.
    – I also just learned that I can use one of those ingredients as a spot remover on the tough stains. The soap bar (fels naptha) and it works wonders!
    – like you I have a low water use Newish washing machine. (mine is 2 years old)
    – Of course, I hang everything to dry– be it outdoors on the “solar/wind dryer” or inside on my folding …what’d you call it CLOTHES HORSE! that is a new one. I also have a retractable line in the laundry room. Or I hang t-shirts and things on clothes hangers in the bathroom on the shower rod…whatever works.
    – As for washing– I only use cold water, except for really soiled clothes.
    – Once the weather warms and STAYS WARM…then we turn the WATER HEATER TO Vacation setting. Our water heater is in the part of the house that actually stays very warm in the summer months so that heats the water enough to sanitize. :)
    I enjoyed this article…

  2. Susie Heller says:

    Oh forgot…. We make our own hand soap. It is wonderful for rubbing on a stain. I do like my mom always did, and scrub the stain between my hands together, knuckle to knuckle. Things really do come clean that way. I buy the base for the soap on Ebay, then add coconut & olive oils, glycerin, and orange Valencia & vanilla. It is great soap that lathers well and cleans all.

  3. Susie Heller says:

    I have a fold out clothes dryer that was like my grandmother had. I remember the sound of sheets flapping in the wind as my mom and grandmother hung things on the line with wood clothes pins hanging in their special bag. I loved to run in between the sheets and play there, but as I grew, I didn’t like hanging things up and taking them down.
    I use my clothes dryer to display things when I do shows and hang special items I fear the dryer would damage. I wish I had a good place to have it permanently as I do not dry everything in the dryer. Maybe seeing it here, will make me find a permanent home for it besides behind the door in the basement. I need to repair it also as one dowel is taped together. My laundry room displays antique laundry items. My favorite is a 1937 advertisement with a little girl and her toy laundry items. I have managed to collect most of the things in the picture. I especially love my little toy washing machine and iron.

  4. After trial and error I found that making your own laundry soap didn’t work in our very hard water. I switched back to a earth friendly store soap, clean again! I don’t hang clothes out due to allergies, and we also bought a very energy saving dryer. Drys faster, bigger barrel, and uses much less electricity. I feel since we’ve used a low water front loader for 14+ years we also saved a ton of water!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me! I read and appreciate every word!