You save a lot of money if you wash carefully. This way you wash more economically with a full drum, and you don’t have to wash all your laundry at a high temperature. Read our tips and advice.
Wash with a full drum
Save the laundry in such a way that the drum is fully loaded with laundry. This was the most economical and cleanest.
Washing machines are getting bigger, and we often find it difficult to fill them. According to manufacturers, this is not a problem. A washing machine with load recognition would use just the right amount of energy and water for clean laundry.
But this turns out to be only partly true. The sensors do not appear to be very accurate.
Economical and clean laundry
If you were with a half-filled drum, it is indeed more economical than a full one. But if you fill it just over half, then you were less economical. Moreover, with a full drum, you were by far the best clean. This is due to the friction of the laundry.
And sometimes the temperature is lower with a half-full drum. To be sure of efficient and clean laundry, it is, therefore, best to fill the drum.
NB: This only applies to cotton wax. Delicate fabrics such as wool or synthetics are best washed a bit more carefully with a half-full drum. The recommended amount of laundry is stated in the manual.
Wasn’t hotter than necessary
The lower the temperature, the lower the washing machine’s energy consumption, and the lower the costs. This way you can save half with a wash at 30 °C compared to a wash at 40 °C.
Detergents are also increasingly suitable for low temperatures.
Save with 30 °C
We tested washing machines with both cotton-40 degrees and cotton-30 degrees. And guess what: electricity consumption decreases by half on average, varying from 25% to 65% savings. But the laundry also becomes 8 to 40% less clean.
Nevertheless, awash at 30 °C is fine if there are no stains in the laundry. Or use a stain remover if necessary.
When not cold wash
If hygiene is more important than saving, such as with dishcloths or bed linen from sick people, then wash at least 60 °C (no eco). Find out what the correct temperature is for which laundry.
Only washing at low temperatures can cause problems with the washing machine. To properly the machine serviced, you occasionally were then a hotter program.
You save the most with lower temperatures, but with the eco-program, you also save considerably. Over the years, we have tested many washing machines on the 40 °C cotton program and the 40 °C eco-cotton program.
On average, these machines consume about 30% less energy per wash. This saves about $0.07 per wash. Sometimes the program also uses less water. As a result, the detergent rinses out of the laundry a lot of worse.
Economical washing takes a long time
It is often thought that long washing programs consume a lot of energy. But the opposite is true. The long program duration compensates for the lower temperature in order to still wash properly.
Eco programs, therefore, take a lot longer than normal programs. Sometimes up to 4 hours!
The set temperature is not reached
You often opt for a 40 °C or 60 °C eco-program. That does not mean that washing is actually done at that temperature. In many cases, the temperature is not even reached in the wash. The temperature indicates that it washes just as cleanly as the cotton program at 40 °C or 60 °C.
If you choose 60 °C for hygiene reasons, don’t choose the eco-program.
It is not clear what the eco-program is on all machines. If there are 2 programs that look the same, but 1 of which takes longer, it is the eco-program. Also, recognizable by an arrow that is shown with the program.
Many people don’t dose their detergent very accurately or too much. If you choose the right detergent, follow the dosing advice on the detergent packaging, and measure the detergent with a dosing aid, you can save on detergent.
If you follow the dosing advice, you also do not need additional anti-limescale or descaling agents and odors are less likely to arise from grease lice. Read more about the right amount of detergent.
You can also opt for a machine with automatic detergent dosing. The machine itself doses the correct amount of detergent for the wash.
- Washing during off-peak hours. If you have an energy contract for a double rate, you pay a lower electricity rate during off-peak hours (at night and during the weekend) than during peak hours.
- Good spin. To save on energy from the dryer, remove the laundry from the washing machine as dry as possible. Read more about spinning the washing machine.
- Skip the prewash program. This is usually not necessary. For example, you can use a stain remover to pre-treat stubborn stains.
- Select the cotton program over the synthetic program if you want to wash economically.
- Turn off the washing machine completely instead of leaving it on standby. The lights provide some standby consumption.