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Washing clothes at 30 degrees doesn't clean them?

(21 Posts)
IndigoTea Tue 14-Jan-14 18:06:52

Just took out a wash that I put on at 30 degrees and there is still dirt on the clothes!

Most of LOs clothes have a limit of 40 degrees and boots sleepsuits shrink if you put them at 60! What am I supposed to do?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 14-Jan-14 18:07:49

Wash them at 40?

WidowWadman Tue 14-Jan-14 18:07:53

get a better detergent. Poo stains bleach in the sun.

Rooble Tue 14-Jan-14 18:08:27

40 tends to get things clean for me. Buy sleep suits from tesco instead? Think they were ok at 60......

VacantExpression Tue 14-Jan-14 18:08:40

Don't the labels say "if its not dirty wash at 30?" so if clothes are actually dirty rather than just worn then wash at 40.

Ktay Tue 14-Jan-14 18:09:36

What detergent are you using? Powder tends to work better than liquid and bio works best at low temps. Could you use a bio powder then do an extra rinse if LOs' skin is sensitive?

BlackholesAndRevelations Tue 14-Jan-14 18:09:45

Er... Wash at 40?

Topseyt Tue 14-Jan-14 18:20:20

30 degrees is below body temperature (37.?? degrees, if I remember rightly). For that reason it is less effective at removing stains from bodily fluids that washing at 40 degrees. The higher heat, along with a reasonable detergent, does much more to dissolve and remove things like sweat, baby puke, urine and poo stains.

Forget about the saving in electricity. It is no saving at all if you have to put them on for a second wash, so use 40 degrees.

noblegiraffe Tue 14-Jan-14 18:23:47

You can add Napisan to your powder, it's supposed to work at 30.

imsorryiasked Tue 14-Jan-14 18:27:26

Pre-wash soak in napisan or vanish shifts most things.

If it's not dirty, why wash it?

LittleBabySqueakSqueak Tue 14-Jan-14 18:31:59

Scrub poo stains with a bar of ordinary soap and a nailbrush. Then spray with Vanish and wash at 40.

HoratiaDrelincourt Tue 14-Jan-14 18:35:22

Depends more on the detergent and cycle than the temperature in my experience.

Washing at sixty tends to set stains, I find. Sort of cooks them into the fibres irretrievably.

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Tue 14-Jan-14 18:39:15

For stains I pour a little washing up liquid on to the stain, then put some sugar on it and rub it to make a paste on the stain. Then wash at 40C. Does the trick every time.
For orange coloured stains (baby food, tomato sauce stains etc) do as above then once washed dry in direct sunlight.

Frusso Tue 14-Jan-14 18:42:27

Tescos and next sleepsuits don't shrink, I wash them at 40 or 50 and tumble dry them.

Anybody know about banana stains?

HoratiaDrelincourt Tue 14-Jan-14 18:47:52

Sunlight for banana-grey.

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Tue 14-Jan-14 18:55:06

Frusso - try my washing tip above, follow with drying in direct sunlight. It worked on a curry stain, so worth a try.

LouSend Tue 14-Jan-14 18:59:48

My machine has a baby wash. It's 40°, thorough yet gentle.

Otherwise I'd suggest 40° delicates wash for those more delicate clothes.

PolterGoose Tue 14-Jan-14 19:04:45

You need to use a biological detergent for lower temperatures.

BackforGood Tue 14-Jan-14 19:19:41

Soak them first if stained with something. Then wash at 40

ThisIsYourSong Tue 14-Jan-14 20:30:25

Do you think it might be your washing machine? I do all my washes in cold water and everything comes out clean (I'm in New Zealand, everyone washes in cold here)

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