The Benefits of Washing Clothes in Cold Water

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 a few times a week can make a positive change in your carbon footprint. In fact, washing four out of five loads in cold water could reduce CO2 emissions by 864 pounds a year. [1] 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].

2. Reduces your carbon footprint

When you put a load of washing on, around 90% of the energy used by your washing machine is needed to heat the water[3]. That means only 10% goes into running the machine. The simple act of washing clothes in cold water can make a huge difference to the 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 Gold Oxi Advance Pink Gel and Vanish Gold Oxi Advance Pink 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 can 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.


When you should use a hot wash 

Washing clothes in hot water is more effective at killing germs and removing tougher stains[4]. So, heavily soiled items and certain types of resilient fabrics – for example, cotton – should be washed in a hot wash.

General advice

  • Always follow washing instructions on garment or fabric care label.
  • Before use check for colour fastness by testing a hidden area of the fabric.
  • Rinse and allow to dry.
  • After washing or treating garments with Vanish Gold, dry away from sources of direct heat and direct sunlight.
  • When using Vanish to pre-treat, use lukewarm water.
  • For best results, it may be necessary to repeat parts of the process.
  • Do not use on garments requiring dry cleaning.
  • Do not pour the product on any metallic parts of the garments (e.g. buttons, zips).
  • Do not expose pre-treated or soaked garments to sources of direct heat or direct sunlight before washing or rinsing thoroughly.
  • Do not leave the product to dry on garments (maximum 10 minutes contact time on 100% cotton garments).