Keeping clothes and the environment clean
Every Mum wants her family to look great in bright, clean clothes. But then again, every Mum also worries about what kind of environment her kids are going to grow up in. Looking after the planet and preserving it for the next generation is all part of being a good parent.
Sometimes that can sit uneasily alongside having to do all the things you do to make the family home run smoothly. Just think about all those journeys on the school run in the car, with exhaust fumes pouring out into the atmosphere. But it has to be done, doesn’t it? How else are the kids going to get to school? You can limit your impact by sharing the run with other Mums, or getting a car with low emissions.
Make a difference at home
Trying to keep energy use to a minimum in the house is easier said than done, but there are still things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Perhaps one of the biggest offenders in the home is the washing machine. They can use lots of energy getting your clothes clean, not to mention all the water they need to heat and use. Fortunately, by following a few simple steps, you can keep the family’s clothes clean while minimizing the damage done.
Think about what temperature you’re setting the machine to. Does it really need to be as high as 50˚C? Studies show that washing at 30˚C is just as effective. You could also think about the size of load you’re cleaning. If it’s only a half load, then use the economy setting or quick wash function on your machine.
If it’s a nice day and you have outside space, then hang out the laundry to dry. Driers use lots of unnecessary energy and it is best to avoid them, if possible.
Perhaps most importantly, you need to think about the machine you are using. A modern Beko washing machine, like the Spin 1400, is rated A+ on the energy scale. That means it’s about as efficient as it can get. If you’ve got an old machine, it’s very unlikely it will rate as highly, and you could be pouring precious money and energy away for nothing.
These jobs need doing, no one can deny that. But if we can do them with the greatest care and respect for the people and environment we love, then it’s all the better.