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Choose your washing detergent wisely

Liquid detergents tend to be less abrasive to our clothes and are reportedly more effective at cleaning than powdered detergents when used in cold wash cycles. Your clothes could last longer, release fewer microfibers, and get a better clean in a cold cycle by opting for liquids over powdered detergents.


Less is more when it comes to detergents

Using more than the recommended amount of laundry detergent can actually leave your clothing looking dirtier. When you use too much, it can cause a build-up of detergent on your clothing, can trap odours, and can even compromise the colour of your clothes. So, check the back of your laundry detergent and make sure you’re using the correct amount to help your clothes last longer and your detergents too!


Try spot washing

This is when you wash off marks individually rather than putting it all in the wash. Washing your clothes less will increase their lifespan and keep them looking newer for longer!


Prepare your clothes for the wash

Turn your clothes inside out, zip up any zippers and do up buttons. This way you are less likely to get clothes caught and damaged in the wash, helping them to last longer.


Wash on cold

90% of the energy used to wash your clothes is from heating the water, most detergents are made to work on cold washes. This will help your clothes last longer too!


Help prevent microplastic pollution

When you are washing non-natural or plastic based fibres (including polyester, nylon, polyamide, acrylic, spandex and lycra) tiny fragments of the plastic threads are released. It is thought that 700,000 microplastics are released on average in every wash.

These tiny microplastic fibres are carried out of our drains, into the sewage system and eventually find their way onto farmers’ fields and into our waterways and oceans. Plastic microfibers have been found in our food, bottled water, and even in the greatest depths of the ocean – the Mariana Trench.

You can help to reduce this microplastic pollution when you wash your clothes by using a washing bag that traps all the microplastics inside and only lets the water through.


Air dry

Letting your clothes air-dry inside or out on the washing line will reduce damage to your clothes fibres and help them last much longer. It will save you some money along the way too! Did you know it costs around £170 a year to run a tumble dryer? How much does it cost to run a tumble dryer after the April price cap rise?

Page updated: 23/08/2022 Page updated by: Waste Management

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