And none of them require you to make your own detergent! I have nothing against the perfect detergent recipe; I’m simply too lazy to bother and, well…stuck in my old ways, I guess.
Here are 5 simple tips that require only minor habit changes:
- Use cold water for absolutely everything. I realize hot water makes us feel like better cleaning is taking place, but today’s advanced detergents can handle the chill. Heating water is still one of the biggest power-sucks in your house, and that washer is mighty large.
- Wash loads when they’re full. This one’s pretty easy at our house. But really, no sense in running the washer (even with less water) if you can’t get your spin cycle’s worth every time.
- Use 1/2 the prescribed detergent dosage. I have to credit my mother-in-law with this one. The typical detergent directions are really over-the-top. Just slice the prescribed dosage in half, and your clothes still come out clean. Imagine that.
- Cut your dry time by 25%. It’s a happy medium between air drying and frying your shirts to a crisp. The former makes my wear really stiff, and the latter just wastes energy and prematurely ages clothes. Find a happy medium, and let your stuff air-dry from very-mildly-damp.
- Stop wearing 5 things a day. I had a big problem with this one, wearing a shirt in the morning, work clothes, another outfit in the afternoon, and probably a fourth to bed. That’s a lot of laundry. Learn to re-use and be more efficient with your choices.
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