Monday, February 14th, 2022 11:25am
By Kelly O'Sullivan
The cheapest and most expensive times of day to use your washing machine have been revealed.
With many people looking for ways to lower their household bills, one laundry expert has some clever hacks for cutting costs when using your washing machine, including the cheapest time of day to put on a load.
Deyan Dimitrov, laundry expert and CEO of Laundryheap, has shared seven changes you can introduce that will have a positive impact in terms of costs, without affecting quality.
Speaking to The Daily Record, Deyan advice included running your machines later in the day, favouring cooler washing and drying cycles, and making sure not to overfill your basins with too many clothes.
Run your machines later in the day - but not while you are asleep
The most expensive time for you to wash or dry your clothes is between 4pm and 7pm , so try to avoid using your machines between these hours.
According to Deyan, energy prices are at their lowest between 10pm and 5am, so putting on a wash between these times will help with reducing your energy costs. However, always follow fire safety guidance and never put a washing in and head to bed for the night.
The colder the cycle the better
Washing your clothes at cooler temperatures, and for less time, can have a big impact on your machine’s energy efficiency.
By switching to a 30 degree cycle you will be cutting your washing machine’s energy use in half.
Fill your basins with the right loads
It is much more efficient to do a large load rather than multiple small ones, however, you will need to make sure you are not overfilling the washing machine.
A handy way to check this to to see if you can still touch the top of the basin after filling either machine with your laundry.
If you can’t fit your hand in and amongst your clothing, your machine is overpacked.
Maintain your machines
Deyan advisbio capsules or bio laundry detergentes to make sure you are cleaning your washing machine every three months.
This will make sure there is no build-up that could affect the performance of your machine, and help it run efficiently for a longer time.
He suggests pouring two cups of white vinegar into your machine’s detergent drawer, and then run your machine on its hottest cycle.
After the first run, add half a cup of baking soda directly into the basin and run a hot cycle again.
Use bio capsules for more effective stain removal
If you are going to switch to running your machine on a cooler cycle, Deyan advises to buy bio capsules or bio laundry detergent as these will be better at breaking down your clothing’s dirt and stains during a colder wash.
Invest in some dryer balls
Adding wool or rubber dryer balls to your dryer during a cycle will help save energy as they will help to separate your clothes and increase their exposure to airflow, which will reduce the length of time your dryer will need to be running.
Air dry when possible
Your tumble dryer uses the most energy out of all standard household cleaning appliances, so by air drying your clothes where possible you will see a great reduction on your energy costs.