(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. : (15 votes)
    14 %
    Hot water does not make a huge difference : (27 votes)
    26 %
    Hot water does not make any difference : (29 votes)
    28 %
    Depends more on the detergent than the water temperature : (25 votes)
    24 %
    Water should be at least warm, but does not have to be hot : (9 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 31
    Member
    6441 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Carolsays:  I only wash my clothes in hot if I’m looking to shrink the clothes.  And towels, other than that it’s cold all the time.

    Post # 32
    Member
    1553 posts
    Bumble bee

    I wash clothes in cold water. I wash towels and sheets in hot.

    Post # 33
    Member
    1983 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Hot water will actually cause more wear and tear in clothes sooner. I wash in cold water only unless the clothes are super dirty, like they have a lot of dirt and grime on them. If there are stains I usually take care of that before I put the clothes in the wash.

    Post # 34
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    686 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    If I buy cold water detergent, will it be equally effective for the loads that I do in warm or hot water? I’m trying to cut down on warm and hot loads, but there are things like sheets and towels that I will always put in hot. And I would like to be able to buy one laundry detergent and be covered for everything…

    Post # 35
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    10650 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    annalise9:  I’ve never tested it out, but I think many cold detergents have enzymes in them that will be denatured by hot water.

    I use Tide Cold Water Free for almost all my clothes.

    I have Tide Free & Gentle for towels, sheets and underwear.

    Post # 36
    Member
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Carolsays:  I wash everything in cold except for sheets, towels, kitchen cloths, some baby items. I figure the heat will help kill bacteria. Everything else is cold. I have shrunk a couple of FI’s favourite shirts from accidentally putting them in a hot wash 🙁

    Post # 37
    Member
    686 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    AB Bride:  Thanks for the info. I think I will give the cold water Tide a try and continue to use my regular detergent for sheets and towels. 

    Post # 38
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    2123 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

    Carolsays:  I live in Asia. Everyone washes in cold water- I haven’t noticed a difference in cleanliness!

    Post # 39
    Member
    1214 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    OMG you guys! Washing in cold water just gives me the heebie jeebies. Partly because I’m in healthcare and I need those nasty MRSA germs out of my clothes. Cold water doesn’t do a very good job at killing bacteria that the soap can’t kill. E Coli is one that needs hot water, not just soap. And no, the dryer doesn’t do it. My mom and I go round on this all the time. She has always complained about her dishrags having a funky smell but refused to even try washing them in hot water. So I did it for her one day and she was amazed at the difference. Has she changed? Who knows! lol. 

    Post # 41
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    1214 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Carolsays:  It just grosses me out that’s all. And I don’t buy stuff that’s delicate. It would all be ruined! Haha. If all you’re doing is going to an office job or shopping and what not, you’re probably fine. In the same token of me and my weird clothes washing habits, I have no problem with my kids going out and playing in the spring mud. Just a weird tic I have.

    Post # 42
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    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I wash my whites in hot water & bleach.  I just feel like they need extra help sometimes. And in my mind I think the hot helps to get them whiter (I could be wrong). Everything else I wash in cold.

    Post # 43
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    1828 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Pretty much to echo other posters, I wash towels and rags on hot, sometimes socks/undies too. Everything else is cold with Tide Coldwater.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  pharmy.
    Post # 44
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    905 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I wash all our whites in hot water, and everything else in cold. That’s just how I’ve been doing it since my mom wrote my “how to do laundry” notecard when I went to college!

    Post # 45
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    233 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Banquet hall

    Sheets, towels, underwear and socks get hot water. Work clothes get warm, and everything else gets cold. I run it mostly to dissolve the soap. I use Method soaps.

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