As microbes that can cause infection can be spread through clothing, doing the laundry is a key moment for hygiene.
After each wash, leave the door open and allow the machine to dry out.
Regularly clean the rubber seal around the door to prevent black mildew forming.
Dry your laundry outside whenever possible.
For indoor drying, it may be more energy efficient to use a tumble dryer than heat the room
Follow the five step laundry guide: textiles, load, detergent, dosage, temperature.
Always ventilate the room before and after drying your clothes to prevent moisture indoors.
Save energy, buy the most efficient machine possible.
Dry the laundry thoroughly immediately after laundering.
The best laundry detergent for you is the one that suits your needs and your textiles.
Read the label on your detergent products and check the care label on your clothes.
Always wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.
Follow the dosing recommendations on the label, which vary according to water hardness and soil level.
To save energy and water, always put on a full load - if you have to do a smaller load, use the programme designed for partial loads.
Switching to an energy-efficient washing machine can save money in running costs.
Extend the life of your washing machine and keep it clean and performant by running a monthly 60°c cycle with a bleach-containing powder detergent.
Over-dosing and underdosing may not be sustainable and could lead to reduced washing performance.
The eco programme on your machine uses less energy and water, although it runs for longer.
Always switch off the washing machine after use to reduce energy consumed in stand-by mode.
Higher temperature programmes may be needed for heavily soiled laundry, but keep in mind that they consume more energy.
You can select a lower washing temperature than indicated. Avoid pre-washing unless it necessary, you will save energy and water.
A higher spin speed will shorten drying time and save energy in tumble dryers and line drying.
Check the energy efficiency of a machine, it shows estimated annual energy consumption.
For cotton cycles, fill your machine completely. For other types of textiles, (e.g. wool, synthetics, on delicates) only half fill the machine.
From March 2021 a new energy label appears on household appliances. It is only the label that changes, not the energy consumption. Understand the new energy label.
Sort your laundry according to colour and type but remember that a full load will save energy. See the five step laundry guide.
From 2021, new energy labels for appliances will have a QR code to scan with all relevant information on the appliance model.
Washing your laundry at lower temperatures saves energy.
If there is a sleeve on the detergent bottle, remove it when empty and recycle it separately.
Keep the care labels on your clothes to follow the care instructions. clevercare.eu is an easy guide to the symbols.
Use a solid detergent containing bleach on a higher temperature (e.g. 60°c) wash once a week to ensure the hygiene of your laundry, and also of your washing machine.
To preserve the quality of your textiles, wash them only when it’s necessary.
Airing your clothes (e.g. wool) may reduce the need to wash them.
Choose the most sustainable packaging when you shop by looking for products in recycled, recyclable or compostable packaging.
Clean the filter of your washing machine and tumble dryer regularly, for efficiency and to prolong the life of the machine.
Underwear, towels and linens in contact with food are most likely to be contaminated with harmful microbes.
Clothing and linen can spread microbes that can cause infection if not laundered properly
Remember the care label on your textile indicates a maximum washing temperature.
If needed, pre-treat difficult stains and /or add a stain removal product before launching the washing cycle.
These items should be laundered using wash cycles which reduce microbes to a safe level and prevent cross-contamination.