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W is for Wash in Cold Water

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.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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1:49AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thank you for sharing

11:51AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

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

3:32AM PDT on May 2, 2012

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

3:31AM PDT on May 2, 2012

thanks for sharing

9:46AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Thank you

10:24AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

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!

11:29AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

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

3:00AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

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.

11:43AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Most people use far too much hot water.

7:19PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

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

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