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Washing Machines And The Environment

Spring is almost here and you don’t want to be stuck inside doing laundry!

Here are some tips to get the most efficiency from your washing machine:

1. Are you sure your clothes are dirty?

Consider wearing items more than once. If you don’t have a stain and you weren’t perspiring, you might be able to wear it once more before washing. The wash cycle removes fibers and dyes that eventually cause pilling and fading.

2. Are your clothes too dirty?

Mud-caked jeans, muddy soccer cleats, and grease-stained work clothes won’t get fully clean in a regular washing machine. Rinse the mud off and pre-soak greasy clothes prior to washing for best results.

3. Did you load it right?

Use the right setting for the load size. Nearly 22% of indoor home water use comes from doing laundry.

Don’t overload the machine. It will wear out more quickly.

If you don’t already have one, consider a front load washer when buying new. They are generally more efficient since they’re designed to use less water.

4. How much detergent are you using?

Use the least amount of detergent to get the job done. Too much detergent can prematurely fade your clothes and leave a residue in your machine.

5. What kind of detergent are you using?

Front loaders need high efficiency low-sudsing detergents.

Consider an eco-friendly detergent – both packaging and ingredients have an impact on the environment.

6. How’s your water?

Using cold water can reduce the energy used in your wash by up to 40%, while heating the water takes up 80% of the energy used during a wash.

Choose a high efficiency washer. It can save you more than 6,000 gallons of water each year.

Bill Cummins

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