Laura Blagogee

Washing Tips to Extend the Life of Your Clothes

Use Front-Load Washers

These machines have no agitator, and are gentler on your garments than the top-load machines. Many laundromats have traditionally used front-load washers, but these heavy-duty commercial models were not cost-effective for home use. Now, several manufacturers have designed new front load washers which are smaller and within the price range for home use.

You’ll not only save energy and water on the more efficient front-load washers, your clothes will last longer and look better.

Wash in Cold Water

Using hot water for washers is more expensive and has more impact on the environment, while offering marginal benefit in the washing process. Using cold water will save 80 – 90% of the energy costs in washing. The detergent you use is what really makes the difference in wash results, not the temperature of the water. Hot water is also harder on your garments. Biodegradable laundry detergents are inexpensive, effective and readily available.

Remove Clothing from Dryer Before Cycle Ends

Most clothing shrinking occurs as the last 5-10% of the water is driven out. If clothing is removed when it is a little bit damp, there will be less shrinkage, increasing the clothing lifespan. Some elements of clothing can be quickly degraded if subjected to the heat of a drying too long. Some fibers become brittle, particularly elastic bands. So if clothing such as socks are over-dried, they lose elasticity quickly and have a shorter useful springy life.

Use a Clothesline

Using a clothesline will save money on your utility bill, while being easier on the environment. Reduce dryer use with a clothesline.

Whether you use an indoor drying rack or an outdoor clothesline, this natural drying is better for your garments than clothes dryers. Your clothes will dry without static cling or shrinkage, and they will also last longer. Look at the lint screen which fills up with every load – this lint is your clothing being worn away!

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