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Keep it cold

The coolest way to stay fresh.

Cold water. Not so good for showering in. Excellent, however, for washing your dirty clothes.

Washing your clothes in cold water is a super simple way to take care of your clothes and minimise your energy usage – all in one spin cycle. Cold water washing is better at preventing your clothes from shrinking or fading in the wash. (Except for delicates or woollens. There’s a whole other set of rules for washing those.)

Cold water washing also prevents colours bleeding. Which means you can wash larger, unsorted loads without fear of tie-dying everything you own. You still can’t throw in red socks into a load of whites though, ‘kay?

And for those of us who still break out the iron for shirts – or, for really tidy types, jocks – cold water washing can also reduce fabric fine lines and wrinkles.

Relying less on hot water cycles to wash your clothes also keeps your energy bill lower. About 90% of the energy used by your washing machine goes towards heating the water. Using cold water to wash some of your clothes makes your wardrobe, your energy bill and the planet happier.

Want more ways to keep your home energy efficient? Check out our hot (and cold) tips.