Lift a finger… Save the world

Last week, The Huffington Post launched a brand new original series, “Sustainable Self,” in which we connect the small choices we make in our everyday lives to the huge impact they can have on the Earth by focusing on one simple action. This week’s action: Doing your laundry in cold water. 

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As we go about our daily lives, it’s easy to overlook the impact of our small choices on the environment. But what if I told you that a simple change in your laundry routine could make a significant difference? In this article, we will explore the power of doing your laundry in cold water and how it can help save the world. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and get ready to be amazed.

Energy-Efficient Alternative

When it comes to doing laundry, most of us instinctively reach for the hot water setting. After all, warm water must be more effective at cleaning our clothes, right? Well, prepare to have your mind blown. Using hot water to do laundry is equivalent to burning 182 gallons of gasoline per year, enough to get you from New York to Alaska 1. But fear not, there is a simple and energy-efficient alternative – cold water.

Cold Water Usage

By using cold water for laundry, you can eliminate 90 percent of the energy consumed by your washing machine 1. That’s a significant reduction in both your carbon footprint and your utility bills. Imagine the impact if everyone made this small change. This one action has the potential to save a whopping 1,600 pounds of CO2 emissions per year 1. It’s time to embrace the power of cold water laundry and make a difference.

But by using cold water for laundry you can eliminate 90 percent of the energy consumed by your washing machine. Do it for an entire year and you will get rid of 1,600 pounds of CO2. 

Check out the full video here to learn more – including why warm water doesn’t actually make clothes cleaner… Mind. Blown. 


In conclusion, doing your laundry in cold water is a simple change that can make a significant impact on the environment. By eliminating 90 percent of the energy consumed by your washing machine, you can reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your utility bills. The myth that warm water cleans clothes better has been debunked, and modern detergents are designed to work just as effectively in cold water.

So, the next time you reach for the temperature dial on your washing machine, remember the power of cold water laundry. It’s a small action with a big impact. Join the movement and be part of the solution. Together, we can save the world, one load of laundry at a time.