Find it! Cold-water laundry detergentMany 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.
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.