Smart laundry saves water & energy to help save our planet

Using your local, energy efficient laundromat is a smart way to be eco-friendly by significantly saving on water and energy used on your laundry. At Snap Laundromats, we offer Dexter Laundry washers & dryers – internationally renowned for the water & energy efficiency designs.

Reduce your water waste

Eco friendly laundry at Snap Laundromat saves water and saves energy
Photography credit: Michelle Rose

After showers, clothes washing is typically the second largest indoor consumer of water in Australian households. According to www.savewater.com.au, 15-20% of all water consumed in the home is used in the laundry, making this room a high consumer of not only water but also energy and detergents.

Significant water savings can be made by simply considering the choice of washing machine to do your laundry. One of the biggest advantages of front loader machines is that they use less water than top loaders, up to 70% less in some cases or 36,000 litres per year for a typical household.

The Dexter front loader machines at Snap Laundromats have a sump-free washer design and flexible water usage settings to help reduce water consumption.

Improve your energy efficiency

Front loaders use a tumbling action to turn and wash clothes, so this uses less energy than the mechanical parts moving a top loader. They are also designed to have higher spin speeds than top loaders, resulting in less moisture in the clothes on completion.  This shortens the energy and drying time required by the dryers – therefore reducing greenhouse gases.

Smart Laundry can help save our planet - Snap Laundromat Brisbane
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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

At Snap, a standard load of laundry is washed in less than 25 minutes and dried in less than 30 minutes, compared to household dryers that can take well over an hour to dry.

Our laundry has Dexter express (natural gas) dryers, which have the reputation for delivering maximum energy efficiency by balancing heat input, tumble speed, air recirculation, and airflow through large-diameter cylinders.

Water and energy savings means that you can be kind to the environment simply by doing smart laundry.

Snap Laundromat is proud to be a Dexter Laundry.

Eco friendly laundry at Snap Laundromat

At Snap, we strive to provide a self service laundry that is always aligned with our motto of Fast, Easy, Clean. Our impact on the environment is also an important consideration for us, and we have made a number of decisions to minimise our carbon footprint and support eco friendly options at our laundry.  Here’s how you can do environmentally friendly laundry at Snap:

Eco friendly Environment washing options available at Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane
Photo courtesy of Michelle Rose
  • Save Water. Water savings can be made by simply considering the choice of washing machine to do your laundry. One of the biggest advantages of front loader machines is that they use much less water than top loaders – up to 70% less. Our Dexter front loader washing machines are internationally renowned for their sump-free washer design and flexible water usage settings to reduce water consumption.  Compared to domestic household machines, our Dexters use significantly less water.
  • Save Energy. Front loaders use a tumbling action to turn and wash clothes, so this uses less energy than the mechanical parts moving in a top loader. They are also designed to have higher spin speeds, resulting in less moisture in the clothes on completion.  This shortens the energy and drying time required by the dryers when you need them – therefore reducing greenhouse gases.

    Bamboo Cotton Eco Friendly Towels at Snap Laundromat Brisbane Laundry Taringa
    Bamboo Cotton Eco Friendly Towels at Snap Laundromat
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gases. Our express dryers have the reputation for delivering maximum energy efficiency by balancing heat input, tumble speed, air recirculation, and airflow through large-diameter cylinders. A standard load of washing can be dried in less than 30 minutes at the laundromat, compared to household dryers that can take well over an hour to dry and utilise so much energy.
  • Use Less Detergent. Too much detergent can make your clothes stiff, cause a build up of mould and mildew, and negatively impacts the environment. We made the decision to install an automatic dosing system so that high quality detergent is automatically injected into the machines with every wash. Only a small amount of good quality detergent is required to provide the perfect wash.
  • Avoid Dry Cleaning Chemicals. Washing and drying your large items  – such as doonas, pillows & blankets – in our BIG machines means that you can avoid harsh dry cleaning chemicals. Our MAXI machine can wash up to 20 kilograms in just 25 minutes, using mild detergent for a brilliant clean.
Environmentally friendly laundry Brisban
Photo courtesy of Michelle Rose

We strive to create a bright, clean, safe & interesting environment that carefully considers its impact on the environment. Come and visit us, where you can support eco friendly laundry choices AND get your washing done in a snap.

 

 

 

Michelle & Ian – Authors & Owners – Snap Laundromat

Sincere thanks to Michelle Rose for her beautiful images & photography.

A natural choice – washing and laundering organic Bamboo Blends

My daughter suffers from sensitive skin allergies, so I am always on the lookout for clothing and products that are organic with gentle, hypoallergenic qualities. I love to see  that bamboo blends are growing in popularity in Australia, offering a wide range of benefits and organic solutions for clothing, linen and towels.

In addition to its strength and softness, bamboo is an eco-friendly fibre with natural anti-bacterial qualities and gentle for those with sensitive skin. Not only that, bamboo is supremely soft and silky to the touch, it is breathable and thermo-regulating, and very absorbent.  Its natural qualities do not irritate the sensitive skin on my daughter.

Bamboo Cotton Eco Friendly Towels at Snap Laundromat Brisbane Laundry Taringa
Bamboo Cotton Eco Friendly Towels at Snap Laundromat

Bamboo and the environment

As most of us are all trying to consider the impact we have on the environment, the ‘eco advantages’ and environmental sustainability of bamboo textiles are also key reasons why I love using bamboo blends –

  • Sustainable. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Once harvested, bamboo can replenish itself within a year, and grows quickly. It is a naturally resilient plant, which does not need fertilisers to boost its growth, or pesticides since bamboo is naturally pest-resistant.
  • Eco Friendly. Bamboo requires no chemicals and very little water to grow, and absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air than either cotton or timber. It also releases more oxygen into the environment which improves air quality.
  • Biodegradable. Bamboo is 100% natural and biodegradable which gives conscientious consumers real peace of mind.

Bamboo at the laundry

So, how do you care for and launder clothing, linen and towels made from bamboo blends? I’ve found this to be really easy, especially at Snap Laundromat  where our service provides the perfect wash for organic blends –

  • Use Mild detergent. Remember that less detergent is actually more! Many Australians over-suds their washing, making clothes stiff, and cause a build up of mould and mildew. At Snap, we installed an automatic dosing system which automatically injects high quality detergent into the machines with every wash. You only need a small amount of good quality detergent to experience the perfect wash.
  • Try Warm machine wash. Warm water helps break up any body oils absorbed during use, and also opens up the fibres so that they are absorbent during wear. Check the care instructions on your garments prior to washing, as some blends will prefer cold water wash. All our Dexter front loader washing machines at Snap allow you to select a cold or warm water wash, perfect for organic blends.
  • Avoid fabric softeners and bleach. Due to my daughter’s skin sensitivities, I long ago tossed out the fabric softener and bleach. I believe that there is no reason to expose yourself (or your natural textiles) to the chemicals in softeners when natural alternatives exist. Not only are they safer for you, your family and the environment, but they’re much more economical too. At Snap, you can add natural alternatives to your washing in the front loaders through the funnel at the top of each machine. You can –
  1. Add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to soften fabric, or
  2. Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to rinse to soften fabric and eliminate cling, or
  3. Check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener that uses a natural base like soy instead of chemicals.
  •  Tumble dry. You can tumble dry bamboo clothing, linen and towels on a low setting. Tumble drying generally improves the absorbency of bamboo based towels, but it is important to not over dry them as this will make them feel harsh and crunchy. Our dryers at Snap allow for drying on a low setting, and you can open the dryers at any time during their cycle to check your garments.

When cared for correctly, bamboo based textiles will last for years to come, providing an excellent organic and durable alternative for clothing, bedding and towels.

Michelle – Author, Mum & Owner Snap Laundromat