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9. Opt for the Cold Water Wash

Wash your clothes in cold water instead of warm—and definitely not hot. "There's this perception that you need hot water to clean clothes properly," says Foss. "But with today's detergents, it's just unnecessary."

The payoff: Using the cold setting could save you $75 or more annually—and, more important, prolong the life of your clothing and linens for many years.
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