I’m not an insane person. I hate doing laundry as much as the next person, but also like the next person (particularly TTF readers), I’ve become environmentally aware over the past few years.
With just some light research, we’ve come up with some fun and totally realistic ways to lighten your load when you’re doing laundry. The number one tip we consistently would come across would be to stop using hot water when you’re running your washer.
Stay with me…
Are you still here? Perfect. I wash everything with cold water. Unless you’re trying to boil your clothes for whatever reason, there’s not really any benefit to washing your clothes in hot water. Studies have shown that modern technologies with washers and detergents have left cold water more than up to the task to getting your clothes clean.
You don’t even need to buy special detergents that are “formulated for the cold cycle” because studies have shown that it’s all pseudo-science anyhow. The ingredients found in most detergents do not require hot water or high temperatures in order to activate their active cleaning agents.
According to Energy Star, heating up the water accounts for about 90% of energy used in washing machines. So by running the cold water cycle, an average household in America can eliminate about an average of 350 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually and save $50 a year on your energy bill by making the switch.
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE athleisure wear so there have been reports of athletes complaining that the cold water isn’t enough to freshen up their clothes. Energy Star reports that if you quickly rinse your clothes in cold water ahead of getting them into the wash, you should be able to achieve the same results you would have if you ran them on the hot water cycle.
In my experience with all my Lululemon pants and tops, whenever I washed any of them in hot water, I experienced a slight pilling. Once I made the cold water switch it was like a splash of cold water to my face (in a refreshing way) because it made a huge difference. Hot water does a lot of wear and tear on your favorite clothes, particularly if you wear any synthetic fabrics. Energy Star reports that it will cause those fabrics to wrinkle and shrink. Hot water will also degrade the overall quality of organic fabrics and fade colors (especially if you love wearing dark colors).
We also found that by washing more things in cold water, we’ve had to make less trips to the dry cleaners. Unless you’re using an organic dry cleaning service (good luck finding one of those), dry cleaning can bring a ton of harmful toxins into your home and air.
So let’s reiterate what happens by switching to washing your clothes in cold water:
- You save money off your energy bill
- Making the switch cuts your household’s carbon dioxide emissions
- It’s better for your clothes
- It’s a faster cycle because you don’t have to heat up the water
- Research shows that cold water is equally effective if not more than hot water at getting your clothes clean
I don’t understand why we’re still debating this non-issue. Make the switch now and thank me later!
Have any of you guys made the switch? Do you notice a difference in your clothes? How do you still maintain your workout clothes with cold water? Comment below some great tips!