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What temperature do you wash your bedding?

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Shell178 Thu 14-Jul-11 22:37:32

I have been washing mine on 40° - following the care label but it seems from reading another thread that some wash theirs at 60° to get rid of germs.

Once I read that I'm worried that the germs are still there!

My washing machine only has 2 settings at 60°, one is a cotton cycle and the other is a synthetic cycle both are quite long at approx 2 hours.

How do you wash yours? smile

lostinindia Thu 14-Jul-11 22:38:44


lachesis Thu 14-Jul-11 22:39:44


Conkertree Thu 14-Jul-11 22:40:38

60 - but partly cause ours are white and it seems to get them a little cleaner, and partly cause ds1 has bad eczema and gets a lot of emollient cream on his sheets so need the higher temperature to get them clean.

ClaireDeLoon Thu 14-Jul-11 22:40:38

60c but more to keep it white than worry of germs.

Surely bedding is no more prone to germs than any other item of laundry? I do admit though that the latest germ advice has probably passed me by.

CeliaFate Thu 14-Jul-11 22:40:46

60° at least. Bacteria's only killed at temps of 60° or above. Same for towels, dishcloths, flannels etc.

wasabipeanut Thu 14-Jul-11 22:41:06

60 - along with towels, undies etc.

wasabipeanut Thu 14-Jul-11 22:42:36

Bedding is more prone to germs surely ? You sleep in it for a week before you wash it. Most people don't wear the same t shirt for a week.

At least I hope they don't.

MrsDmitriTippensKrushnic Thu 14-Jul-11 22:43:21

It's not germs, it's the fact that human grease (sorry!) only dissolves at temperatures of 60 degrees+ (how do you do the little degrees sign?)

They will look and smell clean at 40, but over time whites/pale colours will go grey from the build up. We always advise washing bed linen and towels at the higher temperature (I work in a textiles department).

PurveyorOfBaloney Thu 14-Jul-11 22:43:48

I read somewhere recently that the recent explosion of bedbug numbers is down to the trend of washing at 40. They don't survive a boil wash!

timidviper Thu 14-Jul-11 22:46:04

40 most of the time with the odd 60 now and again just to be sure.

I think 40 with a biological detergent is fine as above that temperature the enzymey bits are denatured so it is less efficient. I just do the 6- ones to reassure myself.

My american friend washes everything on really hot (think it's 85 or 95), how the clothing survives I don't know!

ClaireDeLoon Thu 14-Jul-11 22:47:57

I see what you mean. Extrapolating that how manky must the mattress be? Because I don't wash that weekly. Can the germs penetrate the sheet?

This is where everyone says 'don't you have a germ proof mattress protector' and I'm outed as a bit manky for not having such a thing, isn't it?

HauntedLittleLunatic Thu 14-Jul-11 22:48:51

40 - detergents kill bugs too (and dissolves grease)

I do a 60C when my washing machine needs a hot wash to clean the machine - so occasionally but not every tim.e

RMutt Thu 14-Jul-11 22:55:10


midnightexpress Thu 14-Jul-11 22:59:38

Advice I've read for allergy sufferers is to wash bedding at 60 as dust mites aren't killed at temps below that, just come out cleaner.

nightcat Fri 15-Jul-11 20:02:43

60 here and I try drying in sunlight to finish off any germs and make whites whiter

pinkytheshrinky Fri 15-Jul-11 20:06:36

60 always - with bio for ours and non bio for the dcs - and ironed - no germs left surely?

ByTheWay Fri 15-Jul-11 20:07:21

Ours goes on at 90 ! My mum always said to boil wash bed linens, so I always do it on the highest setting on the washing machine.

thederkinsdame Fri 15-Jul-11 21:38:28

60º for bedding and 90º for towels and cloths

Shell178 Mon 18-Jul-11 00:26:40

After reading all your comments I'll continue washing at 40 but with a few 60 thrown in. The bugs haven't got me yet smile

BooyHoo Mon 18-Jul-11 00:42:04

i wash towels, bedlinen, dishclothes all at 95. also have a mattress protector that gets done at 95 weekly so hopefully very few bugs getting into the mattress.

rockinhippy Mon 18-Jul-11 11:19:38

mostly at 60 degrees to kill off dustmites - but thats due to DDs Athma & my having Sinus problems - everything else gets washed at 40%

Scuttlebutter Mon 18-Jul-11 11:53:30

60 as a minimum with occasional boil washes. Agree with others that it will kill mites, and keep stains/grease down. Try to dry outside and then ironed. Finally, a good airing before putting away.

Jacaqueen Mon 18-Jul-11 23:15:18

Bedding and towels get washed at 60 but I do the odd 90 every now and then. All other washing I do at 40 except the occasional wool/silk wash.

nannyl Tue 19-Jul-11 09:15:00

I do it at 40 sometimes and 60 other times

My 60 wash takes nearly 3 hours so i normally only use that setting if its set to be warm and sunny all day, as i do like to get my bedding line dried

BooyHoo Do you really wash your mattress protectors everyweek? shock
Mine get washed probably 3 - 4 times a year, but never at 90! I have hippy chick which are washed at 60 or 40. (not sure if they can be washed at 90?)

The spare bed, which probably is slept in less than 20 nights per year, i wash those protectors once a year

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