We all need to wash our clothes regularly in order to keep them looking new and smelling fresh. However, always washing on a hot – or even a warm cycle - not only wastes valuable energy, but your hard-earned money too. The act of heating the water to wash your laundry takes up a lot of energy, which you have to pay for, and simply switching to a cold wash (30°C) a few times a week can make a positive change to your carbon footprint. In fact, washing four out of five loads in cold water could reduce CO2 emissions by 864 pounds a year.*

*https://coldwatersaves.org/

The Benefits of a Cold Wash

Whether you do two loads of washing a week or 12 loads a week, there are many benefits of washing clothes with cold water:

1. Helps your clothes last longer
Lightly soiled clothes that you wear every day (and need to wash frequently) should be washed in cold water. This is because the heat can cause damage to your fabrics and fibres*.

2. Reduces your carbon footprint
When you put a load of washing, around 90% of the energy used by your washing machine is needed to heat the water**. That means only 10% goes into running the machine. The simple act of washing clothes in cold water can make a huge difference to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions that contribute to air pollution.

3. Remove stains effectively
If you’re worried that stains won’t come out in a cold wash, that’s not the case with Vanish. From ink stains to stubborn sweat stains, our formula in Vanish Oxi Advance Multi Power Gel and Vanish Oxi Advance Multi Power Powder can effectively remove stains from your clothes on a 30°C cold cycle. Simply follow the instructions on the pack for the best results.

4. Saves you money
When you wash your clothes in cold water, you save money because you’re not spending as much on electricity to heat up the water.

5. Protects your delicate fabrics
Fabrics like wool, silk and acrylics should be washed in cold water, as there is less chance of damage happening to your most loved garments.

*https://www.bosch-home.co.uk/customer-service/get-support/washing-machines/is-it-better-to-wash-my-clothes-in-cold-or-hot-water
**https://coldwatersaves.org/

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When you should use a hot wash

Washing clothes in hot water is more effective at killing germs and removing tougher stains*. So, heavily soiled items and certain types of resilient fabrics – for example, cotton – should be washed in a hot wash.

*https://www.geappliances.com/

General advice

- Please refer to the packaging for specific product usage and advice.
- KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS. Store the product only in the original container and always fasten the lid.
- Do not expose product to direct sunlight.
- Before use check for colour fastness by testing a hidden area of the fabric, rug or carpet.
- For best results it may be necessary to repeat parts of the process.