Reducing the Cost of Clothing Care

clothing careWashing, dry-cleaning, and maintaining your clothes can be expensive. Consider just one aspect; the energy needed to power your washer, dryer, and hot water heater. According to the California Energy Commission (CEC), the typical American household does nearly 400 loads of laundry per year, using about 40 gallons of water per load in a conventional washer. That’s about 16,000 gallons of water every year.

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The good news is that we live in an innovative time for consumers who want to be cost and energy efficient. The CEC says washing machines on the market today can cut your energy use by as much as 70%.

Front-loading washing machines, previously seen almost exclusively in laundromats, are now available to the public and have proven to be a more energy efficient alternative to the traditional top-loading machine. Writing for, blogger Mary Marlowe Leverette lays out the pros of using a front-loading machine:

“Front-loading machines typically use less water per load. A top loading washer uses three times as much water as front loaders, unless it is rated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s blue Energy Star rating. Both top and front-loading machines that have an Energy Star label use 30-percent less energy and 50-percent less water than other current models.”

Additionally, front-loading machines tumble clothes in an up and down motion that is similar to hand washing. Most top-loaders, however, cycle clothes in a circular motion causing more wear and tear and ultimately shorten the lifespan of your clothes.

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If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably spent a lot of time, money, and thought building your wardrobe. It only makes sense that you should take steps to protect your investment. Using a front-loading washer is a great cost-conscious and earth-friendly way to preserve your clothing.

Another great way to protect your clothing investment is MyClothingHelper. Clothes are fragile. Constant washing and dry-cleaning will wear-out, misshape, and otherwise shorten the life of your clothes. MyClothingHelper prevents over-washing, helps to conserve energy, water, and extends the life of your clothes. Your clothes (and your wallet) will thank you.

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