Post # 1
Have always preferred hot water, even when washing colors, but now trying to save energy. Will clothes get clean in warm or cold water? Anyone know how much of a difference the temperature of the water makes? What has been your experience? Any particular detergents that do well in cold water?
Post # 2
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
We use Tide Cold Water. Always wash them in cold.
Post # 4
I always wash everything but sheets in cold.
Post # 5
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
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
I rarely use hot water for financial reasons and my clothes are clean, I truly don’t notice a difference.
Post # 8
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 # 9
I will definitely give Tide Cold Water a try. Thanks.
Post # 10
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
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
Hot water does nothing. It’s not hot enough to sterilize anything.
On sheets I throw in a little bleach.
Post # 13
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
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
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.