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Laura in NJ

Thanks for answering this question. I have been wondering about the same thing myself. Now I just have to get a clothesline. I must confess, though, that since I started using cold water in the washer, stain removal is not as effective. So now I am seeking a balance, using warm water when the load is particularly dirty but using cold water for other loads.

Environmentally Safe Rick

Everything is changing on earth at an alarming rate. An environmentally safe home is now a must have if we are to survive in this world that we live in.

My wife has switched over to the "GREEN" products to do the wash; and that includes the dishwasher. The amazing part is that the "GREEN" products seem to go farther. To coin a phrase; "Using Green Saves The Machines."

Jan

Here is a good trick to take out the wrinkles in clothes. When the clothes are dry, but still hanging on the clothes line,
spray the wrinkles with water from a spray
bottle. When the clothes dry the second time, they will be wrinkle-free. And no energy was used!

Stephanie F.

If you DO choose to iron, watch our for the energy use of the iron. Irons run HOT, and all that heats comes from a ton of electricity usage. I think you'd be floored.

If you plan to iron a lot, consider a more efficient iron.

Jackie Baugh

Try popping those clothes into the dryer for 10 minutes. Quickly remove while still warm and damp, put on hangers (carefully fold slacks to maintain a crease), run your fingers over any rumpled seam areas or plackets, and air dry. It is rare that I have to touch up anything with an iron (altho most of our clothes are casual). The 10 minutes in the dryer seems to tumble out most of the wrinkles.

Bonnie C.

Years ago I found that if I folded the wet clothes, directly out of the washer, and let them sit in the basket while the next load washed, the weight of the water took out virtually all of the wrinkles, and left sharp creases where you wanted them. I had to be careful when folding the clothing, so that I didn't get creases where I didn't want them. Then I hung them on the line. For some shirts, I used clothes hangers (like what you use to hang the clothes in the closet), instead of clothespins, so that I didn't get the pinch marks on each item of clothing.

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Workwear Supplier

Well written article, very informative. I'll be interested to find out any updates.

Zach Smith

There are now front load washers with wrinkle guard or wrinkle-free features. This will definitely save you more on energy consumption. But if you are not yet ready to buy a new washer, why not try making the most out of your current washer? Do not overstuff your washer's drum because your clothes will get tangled and wrinkly. They should have enough room to move around. Cut back your drying time to half the usual time, remove your clothes from your dryer and then give it a bit of shake to remove creases and then hang it somewhere sunny to dry completely. Using fabric conditioner also helps immensely.

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As a hypercasual (some would say slovenly) creature who rarely dons anything unrumpled, I can't personally vouch for this technique, so I'll leave the env-iron-mental R&D to you.

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