Old habits can be hard to break — like more than 60% of Americans still washing their laundry in warm water. We’re guilty of it, too! The mindset that warmer temperatures result in cleaner clothes has been passed from one generation of laundry doers to the next. But with the advent of High Efficiency (HE) washers and specially formulated laundry detergents, low-temperature wash cycles are way more effective than they were ten years ago.
Consider this: around 90% of the energy used to wash a load of laundry goes to heating up the water, and just making the switch from hot to warm water can cut your energy usage in half. Now imagine if you switched to cold water. Not only would it help the environment, but it would also save you money — and who doesn’t like the sound of that?
Read on for the lowdown on making the switch to cold water, with tips from Clement Choy, Ph.D., Grove Collaborative fellow and senior director of science and formulation.