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  • Tips for Using the Washing Machine

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    Ever have problems with your washing machine? Who doesn’t!? If you have a big house and use the washing machine a lot, take a look at some of these tips that will surely help you get more clothes washed, and less phone calls to your maintenance guy.

    1. Always use cold water for the rinse cycle. Using warm or hot water for the rinse cycle has little effect on the cleaning of your clothes and is basically a waste of money.

    2. Use a cold wash – cold rinse cycle whenever possible. Assuming that you average about a load of wash a day, running your washing machine with a hot wash – cold rinse setting will cost about $100 – $125 a year. Doing the same number of loads with a cold wash – cold rinse setting will cost about $10 a year. That’s over $100 in savings and can be much more if you have kids and do more frequent wash loads.

    3. If a cold wash – cold rinse cycle is not possible, opt for a warm wash – cold rinse cycle over a hot wash – cold rinse cycle. A warm wash – cold rinse will cost about $65 a year – still a $35 – $60 savings over a hot wash – cold rinse cycle.

    4. If a warm wash – cold rinse cleaning isn’t getting you clothes clean enough, use a warm water pre-soak before washing. Soaking clothes in warm water should clean the clothes just as well, if not better, than a hot water wash without soaking.

    5. By using a cold wash – cold rinse cycle, your clothes should last longer. Hot water tends to shrink, fade and wear your clothes out quicker than warm or cold water.

    Read more at Saving Advice.

     

    This post was originally written by Brook Reilly.

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