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

posted 6 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 # 46
    2195 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I never change my washer settings, it’s always on cold-cold, x-large,… and whatever the other one is. Everything is always perfectly clean 🙂

    Post # 47
    2490 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I wash whites and delicates in cold. Colors, towels, and sheets get washed in warm. I never use hot. We do have an older washing machine and it doesn’t work very well, if I had a high efficiency or new washer I’d probably always just use cold.

    Post # 48
    1450 posts
    Bumble bee

    Everything gets washed in cold here. We use the Arm & Hammer laundry pods.

    Post # 49
    954 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We purchased a new water softener a couple years ago that conditions all the water in our house.  (Our old model only conditioned the warm/hot water.). That one thing has made the biggest difference- I basically wash everything in cold water unless I have a particularly dirty load of laundry.


    I have never noticed a difference in detergents– soap is soap.  I use white vinegar as my fabric softener.  Much more economical and fewER chemicals than petroleum based laundry softener.

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