The washing machine is probably one of the most important parts of your daily routine, but it’s also one of your worst offenders.
According to a new study from Harvard, the average American uses the washing machine on only about 30 percent of the days of the year.
That’s a staggering amount of time, and that’s a problem.
A study by Harvard researchers, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, found that washing machines were responsible for an average of 25 percent of all washing cycle pollution.
And this isn’t even including the amount of times a machine washes the dishes.
The average American spends about $500 per year on household chemicals, according to the National Clean Air Task Force, and the average household uses about 4,200 gallons of water to wash dishes.
To make matters worse, the survey also found that American consumers are spending an average $10,000 a year to repair their washing machine.
So the next time you’ve got to spend an extra $50 to make sure you’re washing the dishes the right way, it might be worth considering using a water-based detergent.
That might save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Read more.