Laundry Tips

Never mind what your mother taught you--turn down the heat on your washing machine and your clothes will still get clean. Asda, Britain's biggest seller of cheap clothes, has recommended that its customers wash their clothes at a lower temperature to save energy. From now on, Asda will be labelling all of its clothes with tags that recommend washing at 30 degrees centigrade (86F), instead of 40. They say that such a hot wash is no longer necessary because of improvements in the quality of laundry detergents and washing machines. A Cambridge University representative concurred: " Almost 60% of the total energy to make and launder a garment is used by the customer once they get the item of clothing home". Lower washing machine temperatures mean lower fuel bills and lower emissions from power stations. And don't forget to hang the clothes to dry outside, saving even more energy. :: Independent

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