California Mandatory Water Reduction And Household Laundry


Reducing laundry by 5% saves 800 gallons of water per household annually.

How can one of the most technological advanced nations in the world suffer from water shortages? In part, that is because the technology that allows us to turn dry lands into suburbs can also put us at odds with growth, especially when it comes to water. According to the US Census Bureau the south and the west are still growing faster than the east and the midwest regions. The demand for water is going up, but the available supply is not. And when there is a drought, things get really bad.

drying river

Conservation and water management can alleviate some of the hardship. But all of this must first pass through the filter of politics and there are many competing interest when it comes to the politics of water. You have the demands of the farmers versus the environmentalist versus big cities. Not surprisingly, whoever controls the politics controls water management and growth.

President Obama speaks on draught

Politics aside, what can the individual do? The consumer has a large part to play in water management. The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, rates the top three areas of household water consumption as toilets, 26.7%, laundry, 21.7% and showers, 16.8%. Water saving toilets, efficient washing machines, as well as efficient shower heads and taking shorter showers all can make a big difference in reducing household water consumption. And outside, planting more bushes and less lawn is also a big water saver.

Water Police

But there is at least one new area of household water management that has not been addressed until recently, laundry.  When it comes to laundry many families overwash their clothes.  There are many clothing items that can be worn more than once depending on the type of work and the climate.  But most people don’t track clothing wear beyond the obvious visual inspection and the occasional sniffing.   When it is time to do laundry, we tend to throw more clothes into the wash than necessary just to be safe.

Overwashing unnecessarily increases the amount of water needed in laundry.

laundry[1]The EPA estimates that the average family does almost 400 wash loads per year using an average of 41 gallons per load totaling 16,400 gallons of water. If by tracking clothing wear we can reduce our laundry just 5% we save over 800 gallons of water per household.

How can we better track clothing wear to prevent overwashing? The answer comes in the form of a small inexpensive closet tool that counts clothing wear. MyClothingHelper reminds the user of how many times they have worn a particular clothing item. Knowing how many times you have worn an item between cleanings allows you to get the full use of that still fresh item. And that translates to savings on water consumption, energy, and dry cleaning costs, and extends the life of your clothing.

So no matter what the politicians do, you can help yourself and the environment by better managing your laundry.


Up Clothes and Personal – Discover Your Style

Vintage, couture, casual, preppy. What’s your clothing style?

As our in-house fashion blogger Allison explains, understanding your clothing style is important to creating a cohesive look. And it’s not that hard to do. Just answer these three simple questions:

1. What colors, tones, and textures do I favor?
2. Which clothes do I wear most often?
3. For the clothes that I’ve bought, but never actually worn, what drew me to them initially?

Watch the video above to learn more!

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Clothing Care: Managing Clothing Wear Of Not-Yet-Dirty Clothes

“In-be-cleans,” “purgattire,” “tweener duds” are some of the names given to those clothes that have been worn but aren’t ready to be placed in the laundry basket. Just about everyone has these clothes and we try to keep track of them.Girl in closet

I’ll start by explaining a typical scenario that leads to in-be-clean clothes.  Most of the time I’ll wear a pair of pants to work, sit in my office all day (where I don’t exert too much physical energy), and then change when I get home. Considering the climate-controlled environment I spend most of my time in, unless I spill something on my clothes, the reality is that this hardly-worn clothing is perfectly wearable. I find it’s reasonable to get at least two and maybe even three or four wears from my clothes.Office workers2

But the issue arises of how to organize and keep track of these clothes. You know you’ll wear them again, but you’re hesitant to put them back in your closet where you might confuse them with freshly-cleaned clothes. So often times they end up hanging from hooks and doorknobs, strewn across hamper bins and chairs, or forgotten in a heap on your bedroom floor, your “floordrobe,” if you will. But that’s not really the most organized or aesthetically pleasing way to organize. If your clothes are not dirty enough to be washed, then they are clean enough to hang back in the closet.girl & clothing-pile 2

Some people use a system of hanging clothes backwards in their closet in order to differentiate between dirty and clean. Others rely on the sniff test, a decidedly unscientific, and to some, a gross method of keeping track. (Don’t even get me started on those people who don’t wash their clothes until they are visibly dirty). Ultimately, these methods only get you so far. Sure, you may be able to tell the difference between clean and slightly-worn, but how do you know when it’s actually time to wash?Young man holding pile of clothes 2

The only way to really know is to use a system that keeps track of how often you wear your clothes. That way, not only do you know whether it’s clean or been worn before, you know exactly how many times it’s been worn, and therefore how dirty it is. MyClothingHelper is a product that does just that; it literally counts how many times you wear something. This information allows you to wear something again (and again, if it’s still clean enough) with confidence. No need to waste time while getting dressed in the morning trying to guess what’s fresh and what’s semi-worn.

Using MyClothingHelper can help you get more wear out of your clothes. As a result, you’ll do less laundry and minimize wear and tear on your clothes. Not to mention, it also encourages you to get those in-be-cleans off the floor and back into your closet! It’s a simple tool, but one that provides valuable and practical information to help you organize and maximize your wardrobe.

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