SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1996

Estimated Costs of Home Laundering Pesticide Contaminated Reusable Clothing


This study estimated the per load cost of laundering clothing worn for pesticide application, using recommended laundry practices and home equipment. Costs were based on a top-load (vertical axis) clothes washer with a 94.6 L (25-gallon) fill, hot wash with cold rinse, fuel costs of $0.0824/kWh and $5.71/GJ ($0.6024/therm), and 1 1/2 times the amount of detergent recommended by the detergent manufacturer for a normal load. The estimated cost per load ranged from $0.72 to $1.32 for depreciation of the clothes washer, and for fuel and detergent. The estimated cost of a no-load wash cycle to clean the washer ranged from $0.58 to $1.09.

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Olson, WW
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
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Developed by Committee: F23
Pages: 247–253
DOI: 10.1520/STP14072S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5317-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1987-1