Water saving tips for doing laundry in a drought

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Water saving tips for doing laundry in a drought

Washing clothes in a drought is never easy. On the one hand, it’s extremely hot weather so you need to wash your laundry, but on the other hand, you’re constantly cringing at the amount of water you’re using to do that. If you try to eliminate just one of the loads you do, you can save buckets of water.

Here are a few ways to save water with your washing:


  • If there aren’t stains or smells, wear it again

Most people wash their clothes unnecessarily or out of habit. If you had to pull back the items that do not have stains on them or smell bad, you could wear them a second time and then wash them. At least every teenager tries on their clothing once and throws it into the washer, so if that sounds familiar to anyone in your household, be sure to check and smell each item before putting it into the washing machine. You’ll be surprised at how many pairs of pants and long-sleeve tops don’t require washing after one use.

If, of course, you’re a person who perspires heavily or has a labour intensive job, then you will need to throw your clothing into the wash. But, more often than not, the shirt and pants you wore today should be clean enough to wear tomorrow, after a little air and some newly applied deodorant. It may sound like your biggest nightmare, but when you’re in a drought, it’s vital to save as much water as possible.


  • Change up your wardrobe colours

The lighter colours are usually the colours which require a regular wash. If you are trying to save on water usage, switch up your wardrobe colours to darker colours like navy blue and black. If you wear these items for more than a day, the chances are that people won’t be able to see the stains on your clothing. Not to mention, these colours are more flattering, and these colours will make your daily outfit choice easier. Since these colours go with everything, there will be no more head-scratching and outfit testing before you find your next outfit.


  • Buy more underwear to last you longer

One of the biggest water savers is buying enough underwear to get you through a week or two before you feel the need to wash your underwear. Of course, you cannot wear underwear more than once for hygiene reasons but if you cannot afford to do a full load of washing, then you cannot do underwear washing unless you are prepared to hand wash it in your bathroom basin (which still requires water). A ladies bra, however, can be worn more than once. This is solely for underwear purposes.


  • Switch to wool fabric for your clothing

Depending on the amount of sweat that you let off, many people advise that you switch over to wool, as this material doesn’t absorb as much odour or skin oils as cotton and polyester do. With training clothing, and on-site outfits, it might not be an option, but for others who work in an airconditioned office, switching to wool is one way to downsize your laundry load and stretch out those laundry days.


  • Choose linen sheets over cotton sheets

Linen sheets do not only feel great on your body but they require far less water to wash. This type of material also doesn’t need to be washed as frequently as they do not absorb as many body oils and odours. This will help to push out laundry on your bed linen, leaving you more space for clothing.


  • Collect grey water for your washing machine

Since your washing machine requires buckets of water for each wash and rinse, it’s smart to start collecting grey water for your washing machine. This is an ideal way to save water, and it won’t directly influence the efficiency and performance of your washing machine. There are various ways in which you can collect grey water, and some of them are through the old bath and shower water or rainwater. You can also contact a plumber to have them insert a grey water system in your home. If you have a problem with using that water straight from the other sources, this system will filter and clean your water. Although it may seem like a temporary solution, it certainly will help to decrease your household’s water consumption.


Final words

When laundry day comes around, it’s important to prioritise the most important items than overloading your washing machine. For example, if you have enough linen and towel sets, you will be able to push those loads out for a few weeks to rather wash your clothing. In the beginning, it may seem like a difficult challenge to overcome, but once you get used to working with less water, you will be able to work around these restrictions and make the most of your washing machine.