Many people are now aware of the importance of water conservation, but when it comes to certain chores such as laundry, we often don’t understand the significance. The average American family will wash 8-10 laundry loads per week, and each load will take around 1½ hours to complete. This is a significant volume of water used energy consumed to complete each laundry load. But, it is possible to minimize water waste and reduce your environmental impact at the same time when laundering if you follow these five simple tips.

  1. Wash Larger Loads

Modern water using appliances are designed to work more efficiently with larger loads. The means that it’s less economical to wash two smaller loads rather than a single larger load. So, although it’s tempting to get that smaller load of dirty towels washed, it’s a better idea to leave the hamper for an extra day or two and wash a larger load instead.

  1. Washing Darks in Cold Water

We need to use higher temperatures to get whites and lighter colors clean and bright. But, darker items can usually be washed at lower temperatures with equally impressive results. If you make an effort to separate your laundry into lights and darks, it’s easier to organize your laundry days, and you can save water and energy. If you wash darks on a colder cycle, the darker colors will be retained for longer, and you will use less water and energy in the process.

  1. Reusing Shower Towels

Many people use a shower or bathroom towel once to get dry and then simply toss it straight into the laundry hamper. But, when you think about it, the damp towel simply needs an air drying to be fresh and ready for the next shower. In fact, a shower or bathroom towel could be used and dried several times before it needs washing. Washing a towel after each and every use is a massive waste of water and energy in an average home.

  1. Reusing Clothes

This same principle also applies to clothes. If you just wore an item of clothing to go to the store for an hour, does it really need washing? Of course, if your clothes had coffee spilled on them, or they smell of cigarette smoke, they need to be washed. But, if they still smell clean and fresh, they can be worn again once or twice.

  1. Use the Most Efficient Program

Modern washing machines typically have a number of different programs to match your laundry load to the correct temperature and level of water consumption. It’s important to use the most efficient program for your laundry load if you want to conserve water and save money on your energy bills. As an example: if you wash a smaller load using a larger load cycle, you will waste a large volume of water, and if you washed a larger load on a small load cycle, the items would not be cleaned properly.

Using these five tips will help you to save water, but the quality of your water supply can also have a dramatic effect on your laundry results. If you have harder water, you may be using too much detergent, and your appliances can be damaged by scale deposits. Consult a local WQA certified water specialist on ways to improve your water quality water for laundry and other tasks around your home.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.