We’ve all been taught that we should use hot water when washing whites. And breaking a habit like that may seem next to impossible. But the fact of the matter is, your washing machine uses more energy when you use the hot water setting. That’s because the water has to be heated by your hot water heater.
But what choice do you really have, right? As it turns out, you can, and should, wash everything in cold water. Doing so will get your clothes just as clean and will save money and energy to boot.
Energy Star has indicated that 90% of the total energy consumed by a washing machine is attributed to heating water. By switching to cold and even warm water, that energy is saved.
But it has long been assumed that hot water is necessary to clean those dirty whites. That is absolutely the truth when it comes to using standard laundry detergent. But did you know that there are cold-water specific detergents available today?
Truth be told, the laundry detergent aisle is one of the most colorful areas in most stores. And for many, the only thought that goes through our mind is which detergent produces the best results for the cheapest price. This means that there are no thoughts regarding saving energy.
But the next time you buy laundry detergent, forget about looking at price. Look for these two detergents which will help save you money on your energy bill:
Tide Plus Coldwater Clean
Tide Plus Coldwater Clean has been specially formulated for doing laundry in cold water conditions. It can help save you as much as 50% on your energy bill when you make the switch from hot to cold water.
Gain Coldwater Icy Fresh Fizz
By using Gain Coldwater Icy Fresh Fizz, not only will you be able to wash all your clothes in cold water, they will smell absolutely amazing for a few days and as much as a week. You will be satisfied with the results and the price tag.
Other Laundry Tips
- Only do full loads of laundry. Doing partial loads are a total waste of energy.
- Don’t over-wash. If you’ve developed the habit of washing all your clothes using the same time settings, it’s time to rethink that. Gently worn and delicate clothes don’t need to be washed as long as heavier, dirtier, sturdier clothes.
- Clean that lint filter. The purpose of keeping it clean is to allow air circulation which aids in the drying process.
- Separate heavy and light clothing before drying. Those light items can dry much quicker than heavier ones. So don’t mix the two together because doing so will waste dryer time.
- Don’t over-dry. This tip will surprise many people. If you take your clothes out of the dryer while they are still slightly damp, it will reduce the need for having to iron them (yet another energy saver).
Make 2018 the year that you decide to do all your laundry using cold water.