Penny Pinching Tip: Wash Your Laundry In Cold Water

It turns out that 60% of Americans still wash their laundry in warm water. According to this article, an easy way to save $60 a year is simply to change to cold water washes.
Personally, I switched to cold water awhile ago and never noticed a difference in the cleanliness of the clothes. Saving $60 just by moving a dial from “warm” to “cold” is a pretty good deal, if you ask me.

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3 thoughts on “Penny Pinching Tip: Wash Your Laundry In Cold Water”

  1. Yes! All laundry gets washed in cold by default in our house. Once in a long while we might run the shower curtain through on hot with white vinegar, but that’s about it.

  2. Interestingly, I just did the math, specifically on Tide:
    Tide Coldwater: $15 for 26 loads (
    Tide Regular: $12 for 32 loads (
    The article estimates 300 loads per year to get the $60 savings in heating cost.
    Tide Coldwater Cost: 300/26*15 = $173
    Tide Regular Cost: 300/32*12 = $112.50
    So the Coldwater detergent costs 173-112.5 ($60.50) more than regular detergent.
    That makes the cost a total wash (pun not intended, but appreciated).
    Will regular detergent do the same in cold water? Maybe it will do a decent job, but the article implied you had to use the new formulas with special surfactants. So I’m not sure…

  3. Good point, Shawn. I’ve always used regular detergent, haven’t noticed a difference. Personally, I wouldn’t buy a special detergent just to wash in cold water.


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