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Towels- do you wash at 40 or 60C?

(11 Posts)
purplepeony Sun 20-Sep-09 11:09:18

Just curious- I tend to alternate but do the white towels more often at 60- but wonder if this is a waste of energy?

chachachachacha Sun 20-Sep-09 11:10:39

60 - same for bedding

feedthegoat Sun 20-Sep-09 11:12:24


ib Sun 20-Sep-09 11:15:42

I always wash at 60 since I heard a radio program where some expert or other said the very memorable 'If you wash lousy clothes at 40 degrees, you get very clean lice.'

Uriel Sun 20-Sep-09 11:16:30


Notquitegrownup Sun 20-Sep-09 11:17:14

40 - we don't have lice and our towels come out clean. A nice blow in the sunshine helps too, of course. Saving on energy definitely important for us.

LatinDAISYcal Sun 20-Sep-09 11:18:12

40. Modern machines and powders are much more effective so no need to do a 60 wash unless things are really dirty.

I have no lice ib, so not an issue here grin

purplepeony Sun 20-Sep-09 11:21:27

no lice either- I know 60 is for dust mites on bedding, but the towels are wet rather than actually dirty. They are alwys dried outside unless weather v bad.

LatinDAISYcal Sun 20-Sep-09 11:25:01

dust mites live in the mattress though don't they? as that's where all the dead skin cells gather <shudders>

purplepeony Sun 20-Sep-09 11:35:33

Dust mites can live anywhere, including curtains, carpets and furniture.

They can live on matress covers and hence work their way onto sheets and duvets- my son has a severe DM allergy so we had once upon a time to damp dust and hoover everything witha special hoover.

GrendelsMum Sun 20-Sep-09 12:29:07

40, and then a nice blow in the sun.

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