W is for Wash in Cold Water

If all the households in the U.S. switched from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day. 12 more energy-saving laundry tips.

What other “W”-things can you do to protect the earth?

Get more Eco-ABC’s here.

Love This? Never Miss Another Story.


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for sharing

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

and some green laundry detergents do equally well with cold water--don't use a brand that doesn't

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

I haven't done anything not cold for decades--when I started that was estimated to save over $100 per year in energy costs...

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Felicity W.
Felicity Wren4 years ago

I have had my current washing machine for probably eight years now (maybe more - can't remember!) and it was one of the first I had ever seen with a cold wash. Was thrilled to find it as I only have cold water supply where my washing machine is - I have not used a hot or warm wash since and my clothes are always squeaky clean, and even white items come out bright!

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

I try to use use warm and cold whenever possible. I only use hot when necessary. Thanks.

Marcia Machado
Marcia Machado4 years ago

I always wash in cold water.
Hot water isn't necessary to wash clothes.
Nowadays the laundry detergents can clean well the clothes at low temperatures.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

Most people use far too much hot water.

Brittany W.
Brittany Wolfe5 years ago

I use cold water all the time; only use hot when needed.