In the household, we follow certain routines. Some of the parents adopted, others developed themselves. Particularly during the washing of the clothes can do something wrong.
Turn the washing machine half full? Wash laundry too hot? Too much detergent use? Or start an unnecessary pre-wash – If you avoid the following mistakes, you can save a lot of energy, water, and money while protecting the environment and the climate. And your clothes, by the way.
In about 95 per cent of the German households, there is a washing machine – and is used more, sometimes less effective.
# 1: Wash half-full
Only turn on your washing machine when it is really full. If you’re half-filled machines, because you’re missing a red T-shirt, you waste energy, water, and detergents. Better: Collect colorful clothes and light clothes separately and then wash them when the machine becomes full.
# 2: Wash too hot
For normal underwear such as jeans, t-shirts or sweaters, 30, maximum 40 degrees are perfect to get them clean. Only underwear, towels and heavily soiled (baby) laundry is recommended to wash at 60 degrees. The 90-degree setting you can safely forget the washing machine. Because: The higher the temperature, the higher the energy consumption – and the higher the energy consumption, the more expensive for you.
# 3: Use too much detergent
Much help a lot? On the contrary! Too much detergent can harm the environment. Firstly, the best eco-detergent still needs to be produced, packaged and removed from the wastewater. In order to reduce effort and environmental impacts, one should therefore always deal as sparingly as possible with detergents and cleaning agents.
However, even if your water is “hard”, you do not necessarily have to choose the dosage indicated on the package. “We recommend a detergent dosing according to the hardness range” medium ” for normal and weakly soiled laundry. So you save the environment and save money. Only in the heavily soiled laundry is a dosage according to hardness “hard” meaningful, “according to the Münchner Stadtwerke. The water in Munich is assigned to the “hard” water according to the detergent law.
# 4: Wash with pre-wash
The prewash program is almost always superfluous. Normal soiled everyday textiles are cleaned in every modern washing machine even without pre-washing. Only with very dirty laundry can the pre-wash make sense.
# 5: Wash too often
Do not worry, we do not recommend you to wear dirty or muffled clothes. But just as with the perfuming of our bodies, we often exaggerate it with washing. Jeans can be put on well for five to ten days, provided they are not stained, and not every T-shirt has to be put into the laundry. Often it is also enough to just blow the clothes off.
# 6: Too many different means to use
One for a lot, one for white, one for black, wool detergents, silk detergents, sports detergents, down-washing detergents, stain removers, descalers, fabric softeners, liquid detergents, washing powders. Quite honestly, no human being needs much of what the advertising wants us to sell,
Fabric softener, for example, is an unnecessary luxury, for dark laundry, every color detergent is good enough and for sensitive laundry, it is usually also a gentle medium. Whoever reduces their washing supplies to what they really need, saves packaging waste, chemicals, money, and nerves. By the way, the most eco- friendly washing powder is in the box: Little packaging with little or no plastic.
# 7: Set the wrong program
Modern washing machines often have a variety of different washing programs or combinations of program, temperature and spin speed. Anyone using the wrong program or the wrong temperature for their clothes may not have much pleasure with it.
Therefore, follow the instructions for use of your washing machine and the washing instructions in your textiles. Because: to dispose of clothing because they are suddenly much too small or pink instead of white or washing them twice because they have not been clean is not particularly lasting.
# 8: Use clothes dryer
If you have a chance to dry your laundry in the clothes dryer or on the laundry line, you should do so. In this case, it is really pure energy to use a clothes dryer. On the balcony or in the garden the laundry often dries even faster. Nevertheless, about 40 percent of German households still have a tumble dryer – if yours is part of it, ask yourself critically whether you could hang your laundry (or at least a part of it) just as well to dry.