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Wash clothes in cold water

Written by Recyclebank .
Ninety percent of the energy that goes into the washing part of laundering clothes is spent on heating the water.
Washing clothes in cold water significantly reduces the amount of energy used to wash a load of laundry.

Find it! Cold-water laundry detergent

Many companies now offer cold-water laundry detergent formulas. Choosing an eco-friendly cold-water detergent will ensure laundry comes out clean when using cold water, and will keep dangerous chemicals from washing into water supplies.

Washing laundry in cold water helps you go green because…

  • It significantly reduces the amount of energy required to run your washing machine.
Since 85 to 90 percent of the energy consumed while washing a load of laundry comes from heating the water, washing clothes in cold water can eliminate 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions created by the average household annually.[1] For most homes, this no-cost solution will amount to a savings between $52 and $145 each year in water heating costs.[2]

As an added benefit, setting the temperature of wash water to cold will also help keep clothes looking new longer. Hot water tends to dull color and can also shrink and melt synthetic fabrics.

Of course, for those occasional loads of laundry that are really dirty, warm water is recommended. When this is necessary, energy can be saved by setting the rinse cycle to use cold water.


  1. Sierra Club - The Hidden Life Of…Laundry
  2. Michael Bluejay - Saving Electricity
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