How many times have you fiddled with the settings of your washing machine and wondered if you are applying the right settings for each load of laundry? Every washing machine is different and can often times be confusing. Once you set it for the right size and type for the clothing you are washing, another option listed is the water temperature. You might have heard that washing your clothes on warm/hot water will “kill the germs better” or “clean your clothes better,” however this is typically not the case. Most clothes do not need to be cleaned with hot water and can get the job done with cold water.
By reducing the temperature of water used, you reduce the amount of energy used to wash that load. This will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during energy production and consumption and will also save you money on your energy bill. Another added bonus is that your clothes will last longer, therefore reducing your clothing consumption rates. So next time you are about to run a load of laundry, make sure your water temperature is set to “Cold” to save energy, the environment, and money!