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May 24, 2010

Green Your Laundry: Clean Machine

Front loading washer Whether you lug a bag to the laundromat or roll a basket into the garage, you've got to clean your clothes. But doing laundry consumes a lot of energy and water, so this week we're providing tips for an eco-friendlier wash and dry.

Tip #1: Efficient Washing Habits

Front-loading clothes washers (most have an Energy Star label) use up to half as much water and energy than other, older models, so if you're in the market for a new machine, snag one of those. But don't run out to buy a new washer if your old one still works. Instead, wait until you have a full load and wash your clothes in cold water (it gets them just as clean) on the shortest available cycle.

Tip #2: Choose Nontoxic Products

Tip #3: Let it All Hang Out

Tip #4: Ditch Your Dry Cleaner

Share your tips: How do you increase your washing machine's energy and water efficiency?

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