June 21, 2010

Conclusion of the Seventh Generation Laundry Challenge

My 30 days in the Seventh Generation Laundry Challenge are finally up.

The challenge entailed using cold water and non-toxic, biodegradable detergent to wash clothes, as well as using a line to dry them.

No dryer allowed.

To help me with this challenge, Seventh Generation sent me a Project Laundry Line Kit, which included Seventh Generation Natural 2x Concentrated Laundry Liquid, a portable laundry line, clothes pins, a laundry basket, and a Flip camera to share thoughts of this challenge with all of you.

The easiest part of the Seventh Generation Laundry challenge for me was washing in cold water and using non-toxic biodegradable laundry detergent, since I was already doing that way before the Laundry Challenge started.

The hardest part for me was to get over the fact that I wasn't able to use the dryer's heat to kill lingering germs that may still be on the clothes (hopefully one day our homeowner's association will allow for lines outdoors, because I've read that the sun's rays can help to eliminate germs, but for now I have to settle line-drying in the garage--I don't want to risk getting a hefty fine!).

To hear more on my thoughts about the challenge, you can view the video below.

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As I mentioned in the video, although I won't be giving up the dryer (at least not yet anyway), I will be using it less often, and I'll continue to use cold water and non-toxic, biodegradable detergent to wash our clothes, and hopefully the more I line dry I'll be able to figure out ways to save time. One thing I've been doing that helps a lot is hanging clothes that need to be hung in the closets after drying on hangers instead of with clothespins to save a step when I'm putting the laundry away.

I hope I can figure out a way how to make the laundry feel softer!

It's been a tough challenge, but I'm proud of myself for making it through the entire 30 days without using the dryer.

Stay tuned for information on how you can participate in a 1-week version of the Seventh Generation Laundry Challenge, as well an awesome Seventh Generation Laundry Prize Pack Giveaway!

Thank you to Seventh Generation for providing all of the products in the Project Laundry Line Kit listed above free of charge for the Seventh Generation Laundry Challenge. All opinions are my own. I received no monetary compensation for this post.


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4 comments:

Sunnyvale said...

I'd like to try these

Mary Q Contrarie said...

To help with the softness issue while using a clothes drying rack here are a couple suggestions that seem to work for me. One shake clothes prior to hanging up so fibers are loose. Two run the extra rinse cycle on your washer or use a cup of vinegar instead of fabric softener. This helps to remove any left over detergent which I think makes clothes crunchier. Three if you are home while clothes are drying move them occasionally by simply wiggling them like they were caught in a breeze will keep them from getting stiff.

homeschoolceo said...

Wow, I'm impressed. One month without a dryer would be very tough for me. I do 1-2 loads a day, every day.

I have the same complaint about line drying and stiff clothes.

Way to go! ;)

blueviolet said...

That's a cool challenge, but there's no way I could do it on a regular basis either. Not possible!

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