Trying to hand wash clothes used to be complicated but new products on the market make that super easy. Its gentler on your clothes and also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint by almost half a ton. You may be surprised to find out just how satisfying and empowering hand washing your laundry can be! We have come a long way from the old fashioned washboard and communal laundering. The convenience of today’s modern washers and dryers has changed our lives for the better, allowing more time for family and leisure activities.
But along with the convenience comes a cost. Conventional washing machines use between 35-50 gallons of water per load and are the second largest water user in your home. Even high-efficiency front-loading washers are water intensive, using between 15-30 gallons per load. In North America alone, laundering creates an estimated 10.7 million tons of CO2 while using 15.9 TWh electricity and 3.9 billion m3 of water each year. Per household the average annual consumption amounts to about 149 kWh of electricity and 36 m3 of water.