HOW TO HAND WASH CLOTHES
Washing machine broken? Tired of feeding coin-operated washers? Whether by choice or necessity, hand-washing your clothes can help conserve water, save on energy costs and protect your clothes.
Conventional washing machines use between 35 and 50 gallons of water per load, which makes them responsible for about 22% of average household water usage. On top of that, you're using up a ton of electricity both heating water to use in the hot or warm washing machine settings and running the dryer.
Washing clothes by hand increases the longevity of textiles by preserving fibers and detailing. Bras, pantyhose, and anything with lycra or elastic can potentially break down in the hot water and agitating spin cycles.
Many detergents tend to contain chemicals that are too harsh for delicate items. Simple Green Laundry uses plant-based surfactants and a smart enzyme system that's tough on dirt and stains while being gentle on skin and the environment. It's free of chlorine, optical-brighteners, borax and phosphates commonly found in other detergents, and all of which can irritate skin.
Before you begin, look for the washing instructions on the item's tag. If the tag says "dry clean only," do not hand or machine wash.
Spot test a small, hidden area before use.
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