Whether it’s washing clothes, cars, ourselves or anything else, we waste a whole lot of water and energy in the process.

Although some of this is unavoidable, there are ways for us to live as normal whilst reducing our carbon footprint at the same time.

Here at Zinc Laundry Solutions, we’re always on the lookout for more environmentally-friendly ways of cleaning, and so we’ve decided to pass on some of our tips so you can not only save on your water bill but hopefully the planet as well.

Make sure your clothes are actually dirty when washing

We may have all been guilty of it, but clothes certainly don’t always need washing after just one wear.

Fair enough if they don’t smell the best, or have dirt or stains on them, but otherwise they should be good for at least a few outings before they need to see the washer.

Doing so will decrease the number of loads you have to put on…making everyone a winner.

Is hot water necessary?

Unless you need to get tough stains out, then washing on cold or low temperature is the way to go.

Over 85% of the energy used in a washing machine is apparently heating the water, something that isn’t needed for the majority of loads.

Washing like this will also protect those delicate and expensive items, ensuring colours don’t run and shrinkage doesn’t occur.

Think twice about washing your jeans

Did you know? It takes over 8,000 litres of water to make just one pair of jeans!

Washing them also uses up a lot of water, with the denim becoming heavier the wetter it gets. Not to mention, washing them can also remove some of the dye, making your expensive new purchase look tatty and faded in no time.

It may possibly be an old wives tale, but many believe in putting jeans in the freezer instead of washing them.

Another option is to air them, either on the washing line or similar. If there are any stains on the jeans, then they could always be removed by a damp cloth.

To iron or not to iron?

Instead of gathering up your clean washing and putting in a basket, try and hang it up straight away in the airing cupboard, on radiators or on the washing line.

Once they’re completely dry then use hangars and put in the wardrobe, this will not only see some of the creases drop out, but it will allow you to determine what items really do need ironing and what don’t.

Ironing anything and everything will use excess heat, energy and will effectively be throwing money down the drain.

If you do need to iron, try and focus completely on the job and finish it in a minimal amount of time. Watching TV or multitasking may help it seem less of a chore but you’re wasting a lot of energy in the process.

Do you have any other tips for reducing your carbon footprint whilst washing? Get in touch via our Facebook and we’ll share your best efforts.