My Latest Energy Saving Experiment
The wife has been staying at her parents house lately. This house is too cold, dark, damp and dirty to be conducive to good health. That finally gave me the chance to try something I've been wanting to check out.
Some time ago I got a sample package of Tide Coldwater laundry detergent in the mail. The wife usually does the laundry so I suggested she try the cold water stuff. She was skeptical, didn't really want to try it and never did.
So, since I had to do a load of my own laundry yesterday, this was my chance. Looks good so far. Of course, I'm probably the worst one to judge how clean clothes are so I should probably have the wifey give the clothes a sight and smell test.
Still, they seem clean enough to me and I washed the load in cold water only. Probably could have saved even more money by drying them on the clothesline rather than the gas dryer. Pending rain was a convenient excuse to use the dryer.
I'll have to admit to still being a bit skeptical about using this stuff, myself.
First, we generally don't buy name brands of anything. We get whatever seems like the best deal at Grocery Outlet or Winco. If I had to buy Tide Coldwater at the regular price at a normal store, I don't know I'd go for that.
Second, I'm naturally skeptical of their claims and really wonder if this is much better than using any other detergent with cold water. I know the wife has washed some things in cold water but those were sensitive materials and such. Maybe I should try some el cheapo detergent with cold water and the end result would be the same?
I don't know, but this is one area of saving energy (thus money) I haven't tried yet. I'll be looking into this further. Now, if I can only figure some way to take the hassle out of hanging clothes on the clothesline to dry, I'll really be in business.