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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