If you're off the electric grid, have a solar water heater, or use a wash tub with clothes ringer, you're golden.
Um, we mean green rather. For the rest of you, pick the answers that
most closely match your laundering lifestyle, and we'll tell you how green your wash really is:
(Hate quizzes? Skip straight to the answers.)
Do you have a new washer with an Energy Star sticker, the EPA/DOE seal of approval for appliances meeting energy efficiency guidelines?
Spanking new, Energy Star-qualified, and I've got the receipts to prove it.
My machine's so green, it's avocado colored.
I rent, so I don't have any say about the machines downstairs or what's at the corner laundromat.
I don't know if the machine's Energy Star qualified, but it's only five years old.
How often do you wash most of your clothes?
After every use
Every other time I wear them
It depends on whether it's my Friday-night shirt or my ditch-diggin overalls.
These jeans haven't washed in months; they're just getting broken in.
Do you run only full loads?
You bet. Even if the washer seems full, I usually can squeeze in a couple more items.
Never. I'm not going to wait a whole week for my favorite top.
Do you use cold or warm water instead of hot water to wash your clothes?
Do you air dry your laundry on a clothesline or drying rack?
What's your monthly dry-cleaning bill?
More than $150
$0 to $25
Do you sort your laundry into different types of loads?
Absolutely! Left-foot socks go in one pile, right-foot ones in another, and all the Ralph Lauren in another.
Of course. Everything that might shrink or bleed goes in cold-water piles. Everything else gets washed in hot water.
You bet. Most stuff goes in a cold-water wash pile, a few things in a warm-water load, and just a small pile for hot-water stuff.
I can manage with just cold water, thank you very much.
When buying new clothes, do you check what fabric's used and whether it requires dry cleaning?
If I like how something looks and the price is right, I buy it.
If the label says "dry clean only" I keep looking. There are plenty of great-looking machine-washable clothes out there.
I have a weakness for silk. It's a natural fiber and I love the way it feels.
When possible, I buy organic cotton or stuff made from recycled soda bottles.
If you have a dryer, how often do you clean the lint screen?
What's a lint screen?
Every couple of weeks or so.
Each and every time I run the dryer.
Sorry, I air dry all of my clothes.
Unlike washing, there's no need to sort stuff before drying.