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Washing and drying clothes

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Environmental impact and labor can both be saved by measures that reduce the need for washing: suitable choice of clothes (color and fabric) and habits such as hanging and airing clothes. See the [[Clothing]] page for more detailed suggestions.
Putting clothing Levi Strauss<ref></ref>recently claimed that putting their jeans in a freezer for a couple of days will would kill most of the bacteria and kill smells. However an anarctic microbiologist has debunked this claim as a myth<ref> smell - frozen-jeans/</ref>, saying that “one might think that if the temperature drops well below the human body temperature they will not survive, but actually many will. Many are preadapted to survive low temperatures. And it can work well for takes only one survivor to repopulate your jeans or clothes when they warm up." It might be true that freezing clothing reduces the smell. But freezing clothing does not somehow make them clean, so at best it is a temporary solution in the situation where dirt isn't visibleyou have a freezer but no way to wash clothing.
== Saving energy ==
Wealthier people (whether in developing or advanced countries) may choose to use [[clothes dryer|clothes dryers]]{{w|clothes dryer|clothes dryers}} - they are seen as convenient and reliable, not dependent on weather. However, they are very wasteful of energy.
Some council codes (e.g. in many parts of Sydney, Australia) actually require developers to install clothes dryers.<ref>This contributes to the unexpected result that new apartments in Sydney use as much as or more energy than stand-alone houses.</ref> This is very wasteful of energy, and so sustainable alternatives are desirable. Where drying clothes in public view is not allowed, in order to maintain a tidy appearance, there are designs which can satisfy both [[sustainability]] and aesthetics. One approach is to have drying rooms (perhaps a small section of a balcony) with louvers to allow airflow. Another is to have the balcony railing designed in such a way (e.g. with louvers) that drying racks below a certain height are not visible from outside the building. You could also have some ventian blinds pulled at different levels and stages of opening to create warm air flow and aesthetically pleasing.
In some cases, such as hospitals or large hotels, clothes dryers may be considered necessary, either for regular use or (preferably) only as a backup. It is perhaps inevitable that laundromats will have dryers as well, if only for urgent situations where a customer needs or wants to dry clothes quickly. In this case, more efficient dryers such as heat pump dryers{{w|Clothes dryer#Heat pump dryers}} and mechanical steam compression dryers{{w|Clothes dryer#Mechanical steam compression dryers}} should be considered. Gas dryers may also be more efficient and have lower [[carbon emissions]].{{sp}} Where energy ratings are given, these should be considered. More efficient dryers are likely to be more expensive up front, but will have lower ongoing energy costs, which will be very significant in cases of frequent use.
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