How can you be more energy and water efficient with your laundry? Washing machines and tumble dryers are the greatest drain in the household.
Switch to good laundry habits, and you’ll cut expenses and emissions.
Take care of your laundry, purse and planet, with these four top tips:
1. Wash at low temperatures with Dettol Laundry Cleanser Cotton
Heating water in the machine isn’t energy efficient. But washing at lower temperatures has risks.
Low temperature washing can spread germs amongst the different items you are washing together, creating a real germ soup.
You can wash at low temperatures and eliminate bacteria by adding two capfuls of Dettol Laundry Cleanser Cotton to your fabric softener drawer and it will kill 99.9% of bacteria even at temperatures as low as 20°C.
The average washing machine uses 55 litres and the average family does around 400 loads of laundry a year. Do the maths and that’s 220,000 litres of water a year. Upgrade to one of the modern high-efficiency washing machines and you’re likely to be using less than half that amount.
Most of the energy that your washing machine uses is spent heating up the water. If you’re using less than half the water in your machine, then it follows that you’re using less than half the energy to heat it.
3. Small changes can make a big difference
Most of us do a vast amount of laundry so a few simple steps soon adds up in terms of efficiency. For example:
Don’t use the washing machine until you have a full load.
Try using less detergent to reduce the amount of pollutants you generate.
Check instructions on detergent packs, you may be using more than is recommended.
Try wearing certain clothes more than once before chucking them into the laundry basket, things like jumpers and the children’s jeans.
4. Hang clothes out to dry
There are three advantages to using a washing line rather than a tumble dryer. You’re saving energy, your clothes will smell fresher and they’ll also last longer, as putting them in the tumble dryer can damage your clothing’s fibres.
If you like the idea of hanging your washing out but miss the smoothness of clothes that have been in the tumble dryer, then use the dryer for just 10 minutes after the clothes have dried outside. Win win!