Money Hack: Stop washing your clothes so much

Mia Steiber 24 January 2018 NEWS

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Washing too much is wasting your money.

You know your favourite white T-shirt that has holes all through it? Well the holes are there, not because you've worn it to death, but because you've washed it to death. Over washing your clothes is wearing them out quickly, plus it's adding significantly to your electricity and gas bills.

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We're not suggesting that you should walk around in dirty clothes, but washing your T-shirts and jeans after each wear will cost you a pretty penny.

Most washing machines have a delicate cycle for a reason – washing machines can damage your clothes. Every time you wash a piece of clothing, the hot water, detergent, rolling wash and spin dry damages the delicate woven fibres that your clothing is made from. It's actually your washing machine that is causing and exacerbating those little holes in your shirts and pants. Frequent washing also causes the colour to fade from your clothes very quickly. This is why all your black jeans resemble more of a grey colour. And when your clothes rip and fade, you end up having to spend more money replacing these ruined items.

Instead, save your cash and try to wash less frequently. Shirts don't always need to be thrown in the wash after just one use. And jeans rarely need to be washed at all. In fact, some brands of jeans even recommend going months between washes in order to preserve the elasticity and shape of the denim. If there is just one dirty mark on something, try and spot clean it. And when you do wash your clothes, try washing them all on a delicate cycle. Look to alternative methods of cleaning too. Some articles of clothing, like jeans, can be cleaned by popping them in the freezer for a day.

And absolutely make sure you're not washing in hot water. Unless you have a baby or allergies, there's just no need to clean your clothes with hot water. Higher temperatures wear out clothes a lot faster than cooler temperatures. And using cold water saves you money on your electricity/gas bill too!

Of course, wash your clothes whenever they need to be washed. But they probably don't need to be washed as often as you think they do.


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