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What temprature do you wash at?

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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

CommanderShepard Sun 17-Mar-13 11:09:26

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

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.

ilovepowerhoop Wed 13-Mar-13 21:02:38

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Flibbertyjibbet Tue 12-Mar-13 16:07:43

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.

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

30 mostly.
60 for towels and bedding.

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.

RhinestoneCowgirl Sun 10-Mar-13 20:50:33

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)

ilovepowerhoop Sun 10-Mar-13 20:48:09

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

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?

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

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

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

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!)

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.

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

40 for most and 60 for towels

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.

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

40 as that's the lowest my washing machine does

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