Before Washing Tips

The following are some tips to consider before you start washing your clothes that can save you money:

  • Pre-treat clothes that have stains that will be difficult to get out. This will help ensure you don’t have to wash the clothing multiple times to get the dirt or stains out.
  • Place all delicate clothes into net bags to protect them. This will help keep them from being caught on other clothes during the washing cycle which could potentially ruin them.
  • Always set the washing machine dial to use cold water for the rinse cycle. Using warm or hot water for the rinse cycle has little effect on the cleaning of your clothes and is a complete waste of money.
  • Set the the washing machine wash cycle to cold (in addition to the cold rinse cycle). Assuming that you average about a load of wash a day, running your washing machine with a hot wash – cold rinse setting will cost about $100 – $125 a year. Doing the same number of loads with a cold wash – cold rinse setting will cost about $10 a year. That’s over $100 in savings and can be much more if you have kids and do more frequent wash loads.
  • If a “cold wash – cold rinse” cycle is not possible, opt for a “warm wash – cold rinse” cycle over a “hot wash – cold rinse” cycle. A warm wash – cold rinse will cost about $65 a year which is a $35 – $60 savings over a hot wash – cold rinse cycle.
  • If you find a “warm wash – cold rinse” isn’t getting you clothes clean enough, try a warm water pre-soak before washing. Soaking clothes in warm water before a wash should clean the clothes just as well, if not better, than a hot water wash without soaking.
  • Run the washing machine only when there is a full load. In general, washing one large load will save you more money than washing two small loads.
  • If your washer has the option to pick variable load sizes and you don’t have a full load, set it to the appropriate load size. This will use less water and save you money than always defaulting for a large load setting.
  • Use the proper setting for the type of clothes you’re washing. If they are delicate or knits, use that setting if offered rather than the “regular” or “heavy cotton” setting. This will use less energy and the clothes will last longer.
  • Don’t throw clothes into the wash pile if they aren’t dirty. If a garment has only been worn a short time, there may not be a need to wash it.