5 Tips to Wash Your Clothes Smarter and Slash Your Electricity Bill

You have to wash your clothes, but you don’t have to get hit with unnecessary costs in the process. Smart homeowners can easily find the cheapest, most effective way to do laundry with just a few tips. And our washing machine can account for as much as 10 percent of your electricity bills, so a couple small changes can make a big difference. Here are some simple tips that you can use to save money while washing your clothes effectively and efficiently:

Soak your stains beforehand

Before you wash your clothes, soak any items with stains in a tub or sink of water.  Rub those stains with soap and let them sit. By pre-soaking your clothes, you decrease the need of re-wash your clothes in the washing machine.

Always use the cold setting

Regardless of whether you are washing colorful clothing or all-white apparel, you should use the cold setting on your washer.  Studies show that cold water with laundry detergent cleans clothes just as well as using warm water with laundry detergent. But if you choose to use the warm or hot water settings, you spend more – a lot more. It’s 16 times more expensive to run you washing machine on the Hot/Hot setting than on the Cold/Cold setting and  9 times more expensive to run your washing machine on the Warm/Warm setting than on the Cold/Cold setting.

Always wash full loads of laundry

You will waste a lot of water and energy running multiple small loads of laundry.  Instead, wait until you have enough dirty clothes to fill up your washing machine. A simple tip to reduce your need to run half-empty loads of laundry is to buy more of the clothing item that is causing you to do laundry before you are ready.  For example, if you are constantly running out of clean black socks and you have to do laundry mid-week in order to have clean socks on Thursday and Friday, buy more black socks. It seems obvious, but in the long-run it will save you a lot of money because you will be able to wait and run full loads.

Turn off the extra rinse cycle

The extra rinse cycle is an antiquated feature that comes from a day when washing machines did not work very well.  Today’s machines are more than effective enough to completely wash your clothes without the extra rinse cycle. This feature will only cost you more money without achieving any extra benefits.

Use a high spin cycle

If your washing machine has this feature, set the spin cycle to its fastest speed.  This will remove as much excess water as possible from your clothes. By pulling out almost dry clothes from your washer, you can save a ton of money by not having to use your dryer.

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