Being a bit of a laundry renegade, I am ever on the search for laundry procedures that will not only save me money, but preserve the environment AND get clothes just as clean! As you probably could guess by now, I am an avid clothesline user. I air-dry 100% of the time, using a clothesline outside in nice weather and drying racks inside during inclement weather.
As far as my washing procedures go, I use my trusty 20 year old washing machine. It is nothing fancy, but definitely gets the job done well. I’ve always washed darks and wools in cold water, but stuck to the age-old tradition of washing colors in warm and whites in hot. I guess this is just how it has always been done. Not wanting to mess with housewifery tradition, I didn’t want to change the routine lest some evil descend upon me!
One day, in a flash of determination, I decided to wash everything in cold water. Yes, even whites. Even towels. Even sheets. Even underwear. I know…GASP! Eighty to ninety percent of the energy used to wash clothes heats the water. And unless you are washing something that is really muddy or oily, it’s completely unnecessary with the modern machines and detergents we have now.
I have not noticed any difference in the cleaning results using cold water. Things get just as clean, in fact to my eye they almost seem cleaner. I may not feel the warmth from the dryer or hot water washes anymore, but that’s okay with me. Laundry renegades will do most anything to be cool. 🙂