Now more than ever, keeping the fabrics around your home (e.g. clothing, bedding, etc.) germ free is of top importance. Utilizing proper cleaning techniques can help ensure that you are not exposed to harmful viruses and bacteria that may live on these items.

However, to many, the elimination of germs can conjure up thoughts of having to use harmful chemicals and harsh cleaning products. Additionally, the constant use of hot water as a means to removing bacteria is another strategy that lacks eco-friendliness.

Thankfully, there are excellent strategies to both prioritize your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of the environment. Explore our top 4 eco-friendly recommendations for keeping your fabrics germ free.

Select a Concentrated, Environmentally-Friendly Laundry Detergent: Although they have been incorrectly labeled as less effective than their chemical-containing counterparts, environmentally-friendly laundry detergents can eliminate viruses and bacteria extremely well.

When selecting an eco-conscious laundry detergent, compare the lists of ingredients, as well as all claims made on the bottle. Going a step further, choosing a more concentrated detergent will help save on packaging. Over time, this move can significantly reduce your household’s carbon footprint.

Run Full Loads of Laundry: According to one study, every household could save an estimated 99 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every year “by running only full loads of laundry,” (Source: TreeHugger.com). Rather than washing items as needed, make an effort to wash full loads as much as possible.

Only Use Hot Water as Needed: 90% of the “total of energy used by a typical washing machine” is solely for heating water. Unfortunately, 63% of households use hot or warm water, even when not necessary or recommended.

To cut down on the amount of energy used, carefully consider what needs to be washed with hot water, and what does not. High heat is incredibly useful in eliminating germs on towels, bedding, and other contaminated fabrics. However, the use of hot water is unnecessary (and sometimes damaging) to a wide array of fabrics.

Utilize Our Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning Services: At Charleston Prestige Cleaners, we care about the environment just as much as you do. We also care deeply about the health and safety of your family. Without compromising effectiveness, we strategically select cleaning agents that do not pose a risk to air, water, human beings, or soil. They are dermatologically tested and biodegradable.

Contact us today to schedule your eco-friendly laundry service at either our Downtown Charleston location, or at our Summerville location.