Laundry Tip: Wash on Cold
We’re looking forward to warmer spring weather and leaving the cold behind for a few seasons, how about you? There is one area however where you should keep choosing the cold - in the laundry room!
Depending on the machine, it may have an ECO setting or the ability to select a different water temperature. Liquid laundry detergents are made to work at lower temperatures. The cool setting, 40-60℉. A hot water setting is usually 120℉ or above. Did you know that 90% of a washing machine’s energy usage goes to heating the water? That’s before your machine starts the work of swishing around the laundry!
Cold water can help your clothes last longer as there is less shrinkage of the fabric fibers and less color fading. If you have the space, consider air-drying your clothes instead of running a load in the dryer.
Don’t overstuff your washer or go heavy handed on the detergent. The clothes still need room to move around and too much detergent can leave a residue on the items, increasing the need to wash them again!
That said, if someone in your household is sick, hot-water washing followed by high-heat drying is your best bet, depending on the length of the drying cycle, fabric, and type of bacteria or virus.
To ensure many adventures out and about in your Antero Outdoors garments, we do recommend machine washing on cold. Items made of organic cotton, or the hemp and cotton blend, should be laid flat to dry; the sweatshirts can be tumbled dry on low.
It’s a simple switch, set it and forget it even! If we all do our part to conserve energy, we can contribute to the health of our planet. As the saying goes, you cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good you can do.
Don’t forget, together, we can move mountains.