For clothing to last, it needs to be taken care of. Washing clothes too much shortens their life span and uses lots of energy and water. We've put together some tips to keep your clothes fresh in a way that’s kinder to the environment.
Save your water
Reportedly, on average, a 7kg washing machine will be used 220 times a year in the UK1. Which, by our calculations, is 4-5 wash loads a week. However, you’ll be delighted to know, this number should and can be reduced. If the average UK household were to reduce their laundry loads per week they could save on all areas:
The fuller the better
Don’t do things by halves! If you put more garments in per wash, you’ll notice a decrease in the amount of washing you’re doing per week. Plus, a washing machine uses just as much energy when it’s half full as it does when it’s full5, so you may as well get more clean laundry out of it.
Keep it cool
Another great way to cut down your carbon footprint is to go cool. If you wash your clothes at 30 instead of a higher temperature, you could save on energy costs6. Make sure you check the care label on your garments before washing, just in case it needs any extra TLC. Next time you put a load on, why not stick to 30?
Spot clean and line dry
Next time you notice a stain on your fresh top and despair over having to start up the washing machine, why not try spot cleaning? If you clean the stain itself, you’ll save yourself time and energy. When it comes to drying, why not line dry? It’s much better for the garments and the environment7. Make sure you reshape your items before hanging on the clothes horse or washing line and you’re good to go.