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How to Cut Back on Water Used for Laundry


Doing the laundry uses up more water than most people realise. Estimates show that old washers consume around 151-170 litres of water with each new load, while newer models use 53-95 litres. Assuming that each family washes around 300 loads annually, most households will have consumed between 15,000-45,000 litres of water in a year. Considering the number of households in Australia, that is a substantial amount of water, and represents a significant loss of a valuable resource to a drought-prone country.

Fortunately, there are numerous ways to cut back on water used for laundry. Conserving water does not only reduce utility costs but also helps the environment. Here are some useful water conservation techniques for your home:

Upgrade to an energy-efficient and water-saving washing machine

The older your washing machine is, the more water and energy it consumes. Newer models are better designed to be energy-efficient, and will generally use less water per load. Many of them also have water-saving modes that control the amount of water you consume.

If you haven’t upgraded your model yet, now is the time to do so. This step alone can cut down your water use significantly.

Choose the appropriate load times and sizes

Washing several full loads of laundry at a time is more water-efficient than spreading the loads out during the day. If you do not have a full load, adjust your washer’s settings to allow for the smallest possible volume of water. Avoid using extra rinse cycles as much as possible, as they consume additional water.

Selecting the appropriate load cycle goes a long way in reducing your water consumption. You can save as much as 40,000 litres of water by allocating laundry loads responsibly.

Handwash your clothes whenever you can

You do not always need a washing machine for laundry. Manually washing your clothes gives you more control over water consumption, while also saving electricity.

You can conserve water further with a few simple tricks: limit the amount of detergent used so you reduce the amount of water required for rinsing; use a plug if you are washing clothes in the sink so you don’t need to leave the tap running; try to rinse everything in one go as much as possible.

Pre-treat difficult stains before washing

Some stains may need several rounds of washing to remove completely, which will force you to consume more water. To avoid this problem, scrub off the stains beforehand. Most stains can be easily removed by pre-scrubbing with detergent or applying pre-wash stain remover.

Collect and use rainwater

Instead of using treated water from the mains water supply, you can harvest rainwater for laundry use. Collecting rainwater reduces dependence on conventional water supplies that can be expensive, and in times of drought, restricted. With a reliable poly water tank, you can collect rainwater for laundry and numerous other domestic uses as well.
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