(Closed) How important is hot water in washing clothes?

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: How much difference does water temperature make in washing clothes?

    Clothes get cleaner when washed in hot water rather than warm or cold.

    Hot water does not make a huge difference

    Hot water does not make any difference

    Depends more on the detergent than the water temperature

    Water should be at least warm, but does not have to be hot

  • Post # 2
    341 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I always wash clothes in cold, because newer machines are more effective than the used to be, regardless of water temp. The only things I wash in hot are sheets…for no other reason than that’s what I’ve read to do.

    Post # 3
    690 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We use Tide Cold Water.   Always wash them in cold. 

    Post # 4
    2120 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I always wash everything but sheets in cold.

    Post # 5
    2256 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I wash towels and jeans on warm because they can handle it. I wash my undies and knits on cold because they will shrink/not be able to handle it. And that’s also what the care instructions say.

    I only use hot when I need to disinfect/de-scent something, most likely from hunting. I imagine moms washing cloth diapers will use hot cycles.

    Post # 6
    784 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Washing your clothes in cold water not only saves energy, but it’s also gentler on your clothes so they’ll last longer. I was sheets and towels in hot water, and occasionally socks and workout clothes. But usually most things I wash in cold!

    Post # 7
    667 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I rarely use hot water for financial reasons and my clothes are clean, I truly don’t notice a difference. 

    Post # 8
    9766 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I wash everything besides sheets and towels in cold with cold water detergent. I have a front loader, not sure if that makes a difference.

    Post # 10
    14492 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    There was a story on a few years ago where a scientist said there is no need to wash things in hot water anymore. Between newer machines and the advancement of soap, hot water is wasted in washing machines. 

    Post # 11
    1597 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Honestly, I hardly ever pay attnention the temperature of my water. I think it’s on warm for everything lol. I’ve never noticed anything bad from it.

    Sometimes, if something is really grossly soiled (like my husband’s work pants or gloves), I use hot water, but that’s really the only time I pay attention.

    Post # 12
    92 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Hot water does nothing. It’s not hot enough to sterilize anything. 

    On sheets I throw in a little bleach. 

    Post # 13
    5373 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I always wash in cold with Tide Cold Water and everything comes out clean (: I never use hot water, but sometimes use warm for my husband’s dress pants since the detergent seems to leave residue on his pants if I use cold water. It’s cheaper, more efficient, and gentler on our clothes so I’ve done it ever since it became a ‘thing’ 😉

    Post # 14
    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I always buy the cold water detergent and wash in cold water. Clothes come out clean, I don’t find it makes a difference.

    Post # 15
    9831 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I wash everything in cold – clothes, sheets, towels. I occasionally wash sheets or towels in warm water but I haven’t washed anything in hot water for years. All of it gets clean and is fine.

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