How to upgrade to a cleaner, greener wash cycle

Looking to reduce your environmental impact beyond simply switching to a reusable water bottle? Laundry is a great place to start, and our tips to how to upgrade to a cleaner, greener wash cycle provide all the advice and inspiration you need...

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Already ditched the plastic bags and switched to a reusable water bottle and coffee cup? When it comes to sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment, these are great first steps, but there’s still so much more we can all be doing. Upgrading to a cleaner, greener wash cycle, being one of them.

From switching to an eco-friendly detergent and cooler wash cycles to replacing an old machine with a newer, more energy conscious model, it’s easier than you might imagine to optimise your wash cycle for environmental – and financial – efficiency. Interested? Read through the top tips from electrical experts AO, for easy ways to upgrade to a cleaner, greener wash cycle, including information regarding Hotpoint’s range of ActiveCare laundry.

1. Ensure your washing machine can function at low temperatures

Ensuring your washing machine can function at even the lowest of temperatures is one of the easiest ways to ensure a greener wash cycle, as it not only reduces the energy required to complete a cycle, but decreases the quantity of microfibres your clothing is likely to lose – more on that later.

Thanks to the innovative ActiveCare system, the new Hotpoint washing machines make it possible to complete a wash cycle while sticking to temperatures as low as 20 degrees.* While such low temperatures might have the practical thinkers amongst us panicking about stains, there really is no need, as these new technologies have been designed to ensure that more than 100 stains can be removed without requiring a temperature increase.

*tested on cotton

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2. Switch to an eco-friendly detergent

Another easy exchange that can be made when working towards a cleaner, greener wash cycle is switching to an eco-friendly detergent. While it’s often tempting to choose the convenience of washing machine pouches, or even liquid detergents, you’ll reduce your consumption of single use plastics by opting for a good, old-fashioned powder detergents in recyclable cardboard packaging.

Washing machines from Hotpoint come complete with an Active Mousse function, which means you can wave goodbye to using harsh, non-eco laundry pre-treatments, instead relying on the machines ability to pre-mix water and detergent to maximise cleaning power. This technology works to create a mouse from your detergent, which penetrates deep into fabrics, effortlessly lifting dirt and stains at just 20 degrees.

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3. Don’t compromise when it comes to removing tough stains

With advances in technology, upgrading to a greener wash doesn’t have to mean missing out on the laundry standards you’re used to. Built with Active Drum technology, Hotpoint washing machine cycles feature clever drum rotations which, combined with the Active Mousse function mentioned previously, works to treat more than 100 stubborn stains.

A durable, brushless motor creates 10 separate drum movements during the course of each cycle – each of which is designed to tackle a different type of stain – to ensure you never have to rewash, or risk permanently staining your favourite items. As if all this wasn’t enough, there’s also a Steam Hygiene option, which removes allergens and bacteria from your clothing; perfect for those with a sensitivity.

4. Wash your clothing in bags designed to tackle microfibres

If you’re concerned about microfibres – tiny, often invisible, strands of plastic found in up to 64% of fabrics that detach themselves from our clothes during washing cycles – it’s worth investing in small washing bags, which can collect the fibres and prevent them from ending up in our oceans.

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5. Opt for a machine that optimises water, and energy, use

Is it environmentally unfriendly to buy a whole new washing machine?

While upgrading your washing machine may seem counterintuitive to some, when it comes to reducing environmental impact, upgrading an inefficient machine to something more efficient will be of more benefit in the long term. 

Plus, AO are one of the UK’s largest recyclers of large domestic appliances, meaning your old machine will live to see another day, just in a different form. Simply add ‘recycling’ to your basket at checkout to help reduce waste and take the hassle out of replacing your old washing machine.

A washing machine designed to optimise water and energy use will not only reduce your environmental impact significantly, but allow you to save money on bills, too. What’s not to love?

Built with clever Active Load technology, Hotpoint washing machines monitor the amount of water being absorbed by your clothes, ensuring that the perfect amount of water and the ideal wash time can be calculated on a case-by-case basis. This reduces the amount of water and energy, where necessary, meaning you’ll save money in the long term, plus you won’t risk over-washing, and consequently wearing out your clothes, prematurely.