Somewhere between laundry room and witch’s kitchen
Myths about laundry or alchemy in the household
Whether it is wash balls, baking powder or vinegar, there are plenty of widespread myths about ‘green‘ helpers in the household. However, their benefit has seldom been proven. UBA President Maria Krautzberger recommends: “To do laundry in a way that saves resources, is environmentally friendly and low-cost, you must always fill the washing machine to capacity, use the proper amount of detergent and keep washing temperature in mind.” Some 630,000 tonnes of laundry detergent are consumed every year, in addition to around 220,000 tonnes of fabric softener. The amounts of these chemicals could be reduced mostly by washing in an environmentally friendly way and by using eco-friendly products. The UBA advises against the use of miracle cures such as wash balls, baking powder or vinegar.