Water Friendly Washing Tips
I have a fear of B.O - there’s an honest admittance. Oops! I was known at school for telling people openly that they smelt! (In a kind advisory way - at least that’s what I thought!). Quite frankly there’s no excuse to smell and not wash your clothes. Certainly not on the proviso of a water saving mission. Yet one of the first victims of the finger pointing is the washing machine when drought measures and water saving tips are advised.
Older machines can use between 110 litres to 170 litres of water per load, whilst a high efficiency machine uses between 57 litres to 114 litres of water.
Most of our clothes are made from particles of plastic that leach in to the water systems when we wash our clothes. As a result, micro-plastics are now found in 1200 species of fish, and in the water we drink.
So it’s important we know how to wash smart: using less water, reducing our environmental impact, but still getting that captivating smell of clean clothes. Hmmm… nothing better?!
How to wash your clothes and reduce your environmental impact?
Here are some top tips for washing:
HAVE A FULL LOAD IN YOUR WASHING MACHINE: filling up your machine means less friction between your clothes and consequently fewer fibres are released. Bonus for the environment and the longevity of your clothes.
WASH AT A LOW TEMPERATURE: save energy and more fibres are released from the clothes if you wash as a higher temperature can damage them.
USE A WASHING LIQUID INSTEAD OF A POWDER: liquid means less fibres are lost due to lower friction.
USE A ECOLOGICAL WASHING POWDER/LIQUID: Traditional washing powders have polluted waterways as they contain phosphates, although they were recently banned by EU law in 2017. Since 1979 Ecover has forged the way on ecological cleaning products. Their founding mission was based upon protecting water (a mission after my own heart!). Ecover produce ecological washing and cleaning products that protect waterways and reduce their water footprint from the growing of the plants to the point of use by their consumers. Switching to an ecological washing product is a simple and easy way to safeguard both the world’s water, and your water body from the same toxic chemicals that are harming the world’s waters.
AVOID LONG WASHES: Hit that fast wash button - saves you time, money, and water!
MORE THAN ONE WEAR: (unless its your underwear) - clothes, in particular trousers and denim, do not need to be washed after each wear. Many items such as jeans, trousers and jumpers can last up to four to five wears.
USE A GUPPY BAG: Put your clothes in Guppy bag created by Stop Micro Plastic that collects 99% of micro plastic particles. A cheap purchase that helps purchase our oceans, food chain, water ways and the water we drink.