What temprature do you wash at?

(42 Posts)
napkin Sat 09-Mar-13 15:02:56

I mainly was at 30 as worried about clothes fading but was wondering if is better to wash at 40?

mainly 40 with 60 for towels and bedding

Manchesterhistorygirl Sat 09-Mar-13 15:26:14

Mainly 30, but towels and bedding at 60. Occasionally I put all the whites through at 90.

fussychica Sat 09-Mar-13 17:40:07

Mainly 40, bedding/whites 50. Only use 30 for delicates/my 20 min programme for one or two items.

cairnterrier Sat 09-Mar-13 17:41:06

40 for everyday clothes, 60 for bedding/towels/soiled clothing/nappies.

BackforGood Sat 09-Mar-13 18:02:39

Mainly 40, occasionally 50 for some more soiled clothes that can take that temp, and the occasional blast at 60 for some whites.

toastedteacake Sat 09-Mar-13 18:14:50

Mainly 40. Bedding and towels at 60. Woollens and delicates at 30.

TheCountessOlenska Sat 09-Mar-13 18:18:16

Yes mainly 40. 50 for bedding/towels/whites.

olivo Sat 09-Mar-13 18:21:49

40 for most hinge, 60 for bedding and towels, and 30 for leotards and lunch boxes, oh and washable shoes.

olivo Sat 09-Mar-13 18:22:18

Ahem, I don't wash the hinges, I wash THINGS!!

FreakoidOrganisoid Sat 09-Mar-13 18:26:09

40 mainly. I am a stinky person and 30 left clothes with armpit smells but 40 doesn't

napkin Sat 09-Mar-13 21:39:20

Do you find your clothes fading quickly at 40?

I use powder for colours for dark clothes and bio stuff for everything else

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 09-Mar-13 21:42:30

I thought fading was down to cheap the wrong sort if detergent rather than temperature?

echt Sun 10-Mar-13 05:07:05

Lightly-soiled stuff on cold. 60 for bedding and towels. 40 + bicarb for dirty cottons.

MousyMouse Sun 10-Mar-13 09:15:31

mainly 40 as I find 30 often not good enough for stains/smells.
bedding/towels at 60.

cairnterrier Sun 10-Mar-13 18:39:27

I think the tumble dryer causes fading rather than the temperature it's washed at.

MirandaWest Sun 10-Mar-13 18:40:24

40 as that's the lowest my washing machine does

CremeEggThief Sun 10-Mar-13 19:06:51

40° for most stuff, but 60° for towels and bedding. I would only really use 30° for delicates, a few times a year.

InNeedOfBrandy Sun 10-Mar-13 19:08:39

40 for most and 60 for towels

Bunbaker Sun 10-Mar-13 19:11:11

40 for dark clothes, 60 for towels, bedding and light/white clothes. I used to always use low temperatures and ended up with a stinky washing machine.

Washing machines need a high temperature wash now and again to keep them smelling fresh.

forevergreek Sun 10-Mar-13 19:15:25

40 for everyday.

Use 60 for whites, 95 for towels and bedding

My father works in hospitals and said the lowest temp any germs are killed would be 60 degrees ( which prob means the snot 3 year old wiped on my top is probably still germy!)

PointeShoes Sun 10-Mar-13 19:40:17

30 for most things. 60 for towels. 40 for bedding. Use vanish with dirty clothes.

rubyrubyruby Sun 10-Mar-13 19:42:24

40 mostly
60 - towels and bedding
30 - wools and delicates
90 - maintenance wash when I remember every month

napkin Sun 10-Mar-13 20:39:29

I use persil non- bio powder tabs and liquid and don't use a tumble dryer. Does using the wrong detergent really fade clothes? I thought non-bio would be more gentler on clothes?

non-bio powder tabs still contains bleach so will fade clothes. The liquids dont have bleach but therefore dont keep the drum as clean.

Mostly 40, sometimes a 60 for towels.

I tried washing at 30, but combined with my wafty Ecover detergent, things didn't seem to come out that fresh (particularly sweaty armpits, yuk)

RoganJosh Tue 12-Mar-13 15:41:39

I think even non bio will fade clothes as it'll have a bleach based brightener. I use a colour powder on anything darker than pastel.

I do everything at 40 but am now wondering if it should be 30. I never do a separate towel wash but might start so the machine gets a hot wash. I don't worry about germs on clothes as they don't last long without food and moisture.

sheeplikessleep Tue 12-Mar-13 15:49:10

30 mostly.
60 for towels and bedding.

30 for stuff that just needs freshening, 40 for most other stuff, 60 for bedding, occasional 90 for whites.

Non-bios usually contain bleach, thsi is what fades things. I use colour tabs (the ones from lidl are fab) for anything not white, and whites tabs (which contain bleach) for whites. Temperature doesn't fade things.

Doing it this way, our clothes never fade. School uniform tops are the same colour on ds2 now as when we bought them for ds1 in reception 3 years ago, despite washing twice a week for all that time.

napkin Wed 13-Mar-13 16:02:05

I tried Lidl's own brand but don't seem to wash well. Was a shame as i heard so many good things about them. As I have sensitive skin the colour powders seem to irritate me.

DewDr0p Wed 13-Mar-13 16:05:29

40 for most stuff (inc towels and bedding), 30 for delicates.

catlady1 Wed 13-Mar-13 16:10:06

40 for colours

60 for dirty stuff and DPs smelly socks and pants

90 for towels and to clean the machine out

peppertree Wed 13-Mar-13 16:53:40

mainly 60
40woolwash for delicates
now and again 95 for bedding and towels

napkin Wed 13-Mar-13 21:00:11

Wow... Can't believe how hot some people wash at. Some labels on clothes say wash at only 30 and 40? Would you risk washing them hotter than that?

I see very few items of clothing that say 30 on the label, most say 40. I use 40 for the vast majority of clothes.

OhMyNoReally Wed 13-Mar-13 21:05:29

30 mostly I use daz
40 for dirtier clothes with napisan for stains
60 for towels and bedding

I only notice bobbling but I think my spin is too powerful. I've never had fading.

30 for normal stuff, 40 for nappies, 60 for towels and bedding and and occasional empty wash at 90 to clean the machine.

MrsPennyapple Sun 17-Mar-13 11:15:25

Mostly 40. DP's sweaty work clothes at 60. Towels go in with whatever colour wash they are, I don't do a separate batch for towels as I heard that it can be bad for the machine. Don't know how true it is, something to do with the weight when they have absorbed lots of water can cause the load to become unbalanced.

It annoys me that labels on garments almost always say 40, when quite often they'll stand up to 60 (which I do if they are especially dirty, or stained). My machine has a "babycare" cycle which is 95 degrees, but I've NEVER seen a laundry label say it's ok to wash that hot - I've used it a couple of times with no ill effects.

ZipItShrimpy Sun 17-Mar-13 11:20:47

40 for darks, 50 for whites, towels and bedding.

MrsJohnDeere Sun 17-Mar-13 11:28:25

40 for most things
30 for jumpers, delicate stuff
60 for bedding, towels, e cloths

noisytoys Sun 17-Mar-13 19:58:30

Cold wash. The water heater upper bit on the machine is broken and I can't afford a new one so washed on cold for over a year now

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