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Teaching Kids To Wash Clothes

Teaching Kids to Wash Clothes
It's such a chore to get the kids to wash their own clothes, I always thought that getting them to pay attention to energy savings was asking for too much. Things changed, however, when our daughter went off to college and had to start paying for laundry out of her own pocket! So here's a few energy- and money-saving tips to pass on to the little ones:
  • Always wash full loads of clothes. Washing and drying two half-loads of clothes uses twice as much energy (and money) as washing one full load of clothes.
  • It is not necessary to wash every article of clothing after each use. Use common sense: if it's dirty or smelly or stained, then wash it; otherwise, it can be worn again.
  • Towels can be used more than once. 'Nuff said.
  • You don't need to dump half the bottle of detergent in the washer. It can actually stain your clothes and you will just need to use an extra rinse cycle to get all of the detergent out.
  • If you pull your hanging clothes out of the dryer while they are just a little bit damp, and hang them up immediately, you won't have so many wrinkles.