Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Fabric Softeners in Foster City

January 20th, 2015

If living green is an important part of your life at our eco-friendly apartments near Foster City, you probably use the community recycling program and are aware of your carbon footprint.

But are you also using eco-friendly alternatives to fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and laundry detergent in your Energy Star washer/dryer units?

Most commercial brands coat fabrics with a layer of toxic chemicals to prevent static cling and wrinkles, increase stain resistance, and leave clothes soft. Plus, the application of liquid fabric softeners make clothes, especially fleece, cotton, and flannel, highly flammable.

There is a better way to go, whether it’s a DIY mix of common green ingredients or the store-bought variety; there are safer and healthier alternatives out there.

The DIY approach is to use baking soda, white vinegar, or vegetable glycerin as a fabric softener in the wash. About 1/4 cup of baking soda can be added to each wash cycle or 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the rinse cycle.

Don’t use vinegar when washing delicate items though. Mix up a batch of vegetable glycerin (one gallon water, one cup vegetable glycerin) and use 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle of your washer in our eco-friendly apartments near Foster City.

For dryer sheets, aluminum foil crumpled into a ball works great to eliminate static electricity, and a tennis ball thrown in the dryer will keep your clothes soft and fluffy.

You can also buy eco-friendly brands such as ECover, Method, Seventh Generation, and Mountain Green that offer both fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

So avoid using non-biodegradable solutions that are hazardous to the environment in the Energy Star appliances that come standard in our eco-friendly apartments near Foster City.

Contact us today about our new LEED Gold designated, luxury apartments in Foster City.

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