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Why you should almost always wash your clothes on cold

By Allyson Chiu

29 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post lays out the positive impact that more sustainable washing can have on your clothes, your pocket and the environment. Dive in and discover some useful tips.

In Elena Karpova's household, the rumbling sound of a clothes dryer has become an unfamiliar noise.

"I use the dryer maybe twice, three times a year, just when it's an emergency," says Karpova, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who studies textile and apparel sustainability.

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