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Anyone washing clothes with cold water?
« on: November 17, 2021, 12:47:10 PM »
Anyone else have a revelation about washing your clothes in cold water/on the cold wash setting on your washing machine? I've been air drying my clothes to save electricity with the dryer, and thought about the cold water detergent that is being advertised, but never used it. I gave the Malcolm Gladwell podcast on laundry a listen, and it turned on a light bulb in my brain. The detergent companies have apparently been working on a cold water formula for years (because there is so much energy used to heat up water for regular detergent, they thought they could save a bunch of energy) and they've come up with a formula that works as well or better than warm water for almost every stain (I think they said mustard/acidic stains aren't quite as good with cold water detergent). I've started washing my clothes with cold water and the cold water detergent and the clothes are just as clean and smell great. You pay the same price for the cold water stuff as the warm water, but you ultimately save energy costs on water.
Give the podcast a listen here:
https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/laundry-done-right/

If you're still washing your clothes with warm/hot water, you deserve a proverbial face-punch.

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2021, 12:50:43 PM »
I washed laundry in hot water for a long time without much thought. Four years ago when I was shopping for a new washing machine and reading about energy usage I switched over. I also used to wash everything every time I wore it, but I've smartened up there as well.

I haven't had the same success with my dishwasher though, I still need to use the hot water cycle to get everything clean.

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2021, 01:02:04 PM »
Laundry guy here.... Manufacturers have been working on improving cold water detergents since the original Cold Power in the 1960's. Back then the limitation was enzyme activation temp. Dissolvibility was also an obstacle with the older powdered detergents, though they are inherently  more environmentally friendly than shipping around all that water found in liquid detergent.

Things have come a long way since then, but you still need hot water to relax the fibers in most clothing so that the detergent can get at the soil to lift it away. Hot water is also useful in killing bacteria, both in clothing, and in your washer, especially if it's a front-loader. A good compromise would be washing jeans/t-shirts in cold and making your last load of the day hot for underwear/towels.


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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2021, 01:10:05 PM »
I've been cold-washing for a while, saved a considerable amount on power costs and just used ordinary detergent - I'll have a look for the cold-wash stuff next time I need to buy some (I don't need to buy it very often, I'm sure most people use too much). I do pre-soak anything stained that I care about getting pristine, usually in hot water and washing soda.  Towels get a hot wash every now and again, but air drying on a washing line in the sun and the wind is great for fabrics feeling crisp and clean.

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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2021, 01:11:22 PM »
I haven't used hot water to wash clothing for close to twenty years.  The key for me was figuring out to put detergent and oxiclean into the water, and then let the clothing sit for several hours before running the cycle.  Really smelly stuff benefits from this and will come out smelling clean.  My Judo and wrestling stuff washed in cold would always smell funky until I started doing that.

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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2021, 01:31:44 PM »
I listened to that episode and was happy to hear our laundry habits were already pretty good! We wash nearly everything in cold water and just use regular detergent, no presoak, and we don't seem to have any problems with things not getting clean. Our laundry usage has definitely increased since our kid was born a few months ago, so it helps that we're doing so efficiently.

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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2021, 01:39:10 PM »
The big savings is in not in hot vs cold water.  Big savings for laundry is in almost never using a dryer.  Those things are super wasteful.

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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2021, 04:58:05 PM »
Thereís visibly clean and then thereís sanitary.  I donít know what kind of detergent was used, but I did hear of a study that found e.coli on clothes after washing.

I never use cold water except for the rinse cycle.  For underwear, I run a small amount of hot water with the powdered detergent, then let them soak for awhile before adding warm and finishing the load.  Everything else gets a warm was, although often with some hot water added, because ďwarmĒ on my machine is very tepid at best.  If there are stains, I use ďShoutĒ first.

I use the dryer for just a minute to relax wrinkles then line dry clothes.  Towels get the full dryer cycle and sheets either dryer or clothesline depending on the season.

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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2021, 05:07:18 PM »
I dunno. I have been using tap cold for many many years and only use half the detergent recommended.  Clothes are clean *shrug*

I used to use whatever detergent was on sale. Now I use a fancy MLM one that supposedly uses less harmful chemicals. The clothes are washed and smell fine I guess. I dislike softeners and dryer sheets. Just toss a couple of dryer balls in the dryer.



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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2021, 07:25:24 PM »
Can't remember when I intentionally used hot. Back in the day we were poor so it was a cost-saving measure, but now I just don't even think about it. I havea  setting for "quick" washing that I typically use on regular clothes and towels, and often hit the "extra rinse" option. overall, it's about 12 minutes faster, and I'm sure that 2 rinse/spins ought to do the trick.

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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2021, 07:35:32 PM »
I haven't washed on anything other than tap cold for many years. I've had zero issues with clothes not getting clean. I also line dry almost everything. When I do have to use the dryer (like with a bed comforter), I use 4 wool balls to decrease drying time and eliminate static electricity.

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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2021, 01:50:00 AM »
Thereís visibly clean and then thereís sanitary.  I donít know what kind of detergent was used, but I did hear of a study that found e.coli on clothes after washing.

I never use cold water except for the rinse cycle.  For underwear, I run a small amount of hot water with the powdered detergent, then let them soak for awhile before adding warm and finishing the load.  Everything else gets a warm was, although often with some hot water added, because ďwarmĒ on my machine is very tepid at best.  If there are stains, I use ďShoutĒ first.

I use the dryer for just a minute to relax wrinkles then line dry clothes.  Towels get the full dryer cycle and sheets either dryer or clothesline depending on the season.
References for the study?

I mean, if there's faeces on your clothes you don't just put them straight into the wash in any case, do you?

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« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2021, 05:36:56 AM »
I think in underwear some (hopefully unseen) particles could feasibly be present from gas. But it isnít killed at a household water heater temp of ~140F, it needs 160F/70C to die.

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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2021, 05:40:35 AM »
The big savings is in not in hot vs cold water.  Big savings for laundry is in almost never using a dryer.  Those things are super wasteful.

correct there is next to no savings for us in hot vs cold water for a load of laundry in an HE washer.  it costs 10x the amount to just have NG at my house compared to what i use total in the summer months for washing and showering etc.  not sure the 3 dollar cost of our total NG in summer months is worth finding coldwater detergent.

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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2021, 05:51:01 AM »
I wash undergarments in warm water.  Everything else is washed in cold water and hung on my laundry rack.  They are perfectly clean and seem to last much longer.  Sheets, towels, etc. get washed in hot water. 

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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2021, 06:24:20 AM »
Yeah we've been using primarily the cold cycle for years as well.

I will occasionally wash some kids' stuff on warm, because there are certain stains that definitely come out better on the warm cycle.

And we do wash our socks & underwear on hot. It may not be hot enough to kill everything but it's an extra peace of mind. The amount that the washer uses during the "auto sense" on an undergarment only load is just about the same amount that the dishwasher uses during its cycle. Bonus, the washing machine is 2ft from the water heater so it probably costs us almost nothing more to do that one or two loads on hot.

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« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2021, 08:05:43 AM »

The big savings is in not in hot vs cold water.  Big savings for laundry is in almost never using a dryer.  Those things are super wasteful.
We went with a ventless heat pump dryer for that reason. About half the energy usage per load. We rack dry inside in the winter months when the humidity is helpful, but line drying outside isn't an option for us.

correct there is next to no savings for us in hot vs cold water for a load of laundry in an HE washer.  it costs 10x the amount to just have NG at my house compared to what i use total in the summer months for washing and showering etc.  not sure the 3 dollar cost of our total NG in summer months is worth finding coldwater detergent.

For our particular situation, I ran some calculations that estimated we'd save about $30-40 a year with cold water washing, so not massive but better then your situation. The real savings for us has come from our clothes lasting much longer, but as I mentioned above we started washing things less often at the same time we switched to cold water, so I don't know what portion of that the cold water is responsible for. 



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« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2021, 02:15:37 AM »
Yes, I've been washing clothes with cold water for 15 years.

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« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2021, 06:27:45 AM »
I didn't know that people *didn't* default to washing in cold.


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« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2021, 07:21:40 PM »
Guys, great response. Sounds like many of you are ahead of the curve and using cold water. Iíd strongly encourage everyone to try out the specifically designed cold water detergent, it works well and is designed for cold water.
One other aspect that hasnít gotten a lot of attention beyond the obvious savings is the reduction of emissions from heating the water up. Perhaps you live in an area with all renewable energy, in which case this is a mute point, but many of us are still using energy generated with lots of fossil fuels. So not only does this reduce your cost, but it will also reduce your carbon footprint. No doubt there are far more advanced mustachians, but I think this is an important point as well.

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« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2021, 08:09:55 PM »
I tried the cold water detergents a long time ago and there were some unpleasant side effects, namely a bad asthma attack. I'm NOT risking that again now, not during asthma season, and not when my asthma has worsened so that it actually could land me in the ER. I'll consider trying them again when the asthma is more stable. I'm sure the formulations have changed since then.

I usually wash on the warm setting though.

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« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2021, 03:49:35 AM »
I tried the cold water detergents a long time ago and there were some unpleasant side effects, namely a bad asthma attack. I'm NOT risking that again now, not during asthma season, and not when my asthma has worsened so that it actually could land me in the ER. I'll consider trying them again when the asthma is more stable. I'm sure the formulations have changed since then.

I usually wash on the warm setting though.

My DH has had bad allergic reactions from commercial wet floor wipes. Those contained lots of dangerous substances. I would also have to check cold detergents to see if they don't contain allergy inducing substances.

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« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2021, 01:09:02 PM »
I'm fine with using cold water but I use the sanitary cycle on underwear and things I have a reason to make well, sanitary:).
My current machine uses super hot water instead of just hot for sanitary items.
I also use the steam setting on occasion.

Most stains will set if washed in warm or hot water which means if there is blood or similar you need to use cold water anyway.

We line dry - easy to do if you live in Florida, although we always get pitying looks even from the neighbors:).
It is no longer a normal, accepted way of doing laundry - but I am good at being a contrarian, it doesn't bother either one of us.

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« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2021, 02:29:10 PM »
I almost always launder my work dresses in cold water on the delicate cycle with a dash of white vinegar then hang dry.  In winter I may run them through the dryer with a Bounce sheet to reduce static cling when I have to wear pantyhose.   

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« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2021, 02:31:32 PM »
For stubborn stains, I soak in hot water and oxyclean, then wash in cold water, like everything else.

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« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2021, 08:41:35 PM »
I make my own laundry detergent and save quite a lot this way.  Its years since I worked out the cost savings but it costs something like 10% of commercial stuff per wash. Plus the lack of scents etc is easier on the skin. If I feel like I want some smell I sometimes add a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil.

I generally wash in cold water. Eventually the whites get dull, so I add some oxyaction laundry soaker from time to time. In summer occasionally I run a warm wash on stained items to clean them up...but I have solar hot water and in summer its always super hot for free.

I line dry, unless its pouring with rain and I need something in a hurry.

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« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2021, 07:07:08 PM »
I'm fine with using cold water but I use the sanitary cycle on underwear and things I have a reason to make well, sanitary:).
My current machine uses super hot water instead of just hot for sanitary items.
I also use the steam setting on occasion.

Most stains will set if washed in warm or hot water which means if there is blood or similar you need to use cold water anyway.

We line dry - easy to do if you live in Florida, although we always get pitying looks even from the neighbors:).
It is no longer a normal, accepted way of doing laundry - but I am good at being a contrarian, it doesn't bother either one of us.

Haha, you're right about line drying being looked down on. I stil see it quite a bit in the country though.
I have a very contrarian elderly friend who proudly line dries his underwear and undershirts every Sunday morning.
He lives next to a church and his line is right near the sidewalk
It's the little things...

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« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2021, 07:19:26 PM »
I wash everything on cool or cold, except sheets and towels***.  And I don't use cold water specific detergent.  And I use significantly less detergent than the package claims I need.  I have no issues.

And excepting sheets and towels, most things either don't go in the dryer at all, or go in for ~10 minutes to get them started and then are hung (inside because it is way too humid and rainy much of the year). 

I didn't realize these things were all that unusual. 

***Occasionally DH's work clothes used to be especially... fragrant, in which case they would be washed on warm or hot.

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« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2021, 03:29:17 AM »
I'm fine with using cold water but I use the sanitary cycle on underwear and things I have a reason to make well, sanitary:).
My current machine uses super hot water instead of just hot for sanitary items.
I also use the steam setting on occasion.

Most stains will set if washed in warm or hot water which means if there is blood or similar you need to use cold water anyway.

We line dry - easy to do if you live in Florida, although we always get pitying looks even from the neighbors:).
It is no longer a normal, accepted way of doing laundry - but I am good at being a contrarian, it doesn't bother either one of us.

Haha, you're right about line drying being looked down on. I stil see it quite a bit in the country though.
I have a very contrarian elderly friend who proudly line dries his underwear and undershirts every Sunday morning.
He lives next to a church and his line is right near the sidewalk
It's the little things...
Nice one.  An aunt of mine caused uproar in her village in the 1960s by hanging her washing out on a Sunday (she worked full time and it had rained on the Saturday), nevermind that she was a lifelong villager, devoted churchgoer and all-round good person.  I greatly appreciate this small act of revenge.

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« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2021, 05:23:41 AM »
I have always washed in cold. I make my own detergent with washing soda, borax and dr bronners soap flakes. Works fine even on gym clothes of which I have a ton.

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« Reply #30 on: November 23, 2021, 06:11:09 PM »
So now Iím curious if those who wash clothes on cold also use cold water in their dishwashers?  Why or why not?

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« Reply #31 on: November 23, 2021, 06:48:24 PM »
So now Iím curious if those who wash clothes on cold also use cold water in their dishwashers?  Why or why not?

Dishwasher?  It's more environmentally friendly for the dog to lick them clean - less soap wasted AND we save on kibble costs.  :P

I wash dishes with hot water because it seems to get the dishes cleaner (less stuck on stuff after the wash).  I wash clothes in cold water because it doesn't seem to make a difference (no smell, no stains after a wash in cold).

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« Reply #32 on: November 23, 2021, 07:33:42 PM »
So now Iím curious if those who wash clothes on cold also use cold water in their dishwashers?  Why or why not?

Dishwasher?  It's more environmentally friendly for the dog to lick them clean - less soap wasted AND we save on kibble costs.  :P

I wash dishes with hot water because it seems to get the dishes cleaner (less stuck on stuff after the wash).  I wash clothes in cold water because it doesn't seem to make a difference (no smell, no stains after a wash in cold).
Hot water speeds up the process, which matters when washing dishes and not for washing clothes.

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« Reply #33 on: November 23, 2021, 08:00:55 PM »
So now Iím curious if those who wash clothes on cold also use cold water in their dishwashers?  Why or why not?

I donít have a cold wash setting on my dishwasher or I might try it. I dont use heat dry, though. I run the washer at night and crack the door in the morning so the itís all nice and dry by the afternoon.

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« Reply #34 on: November 23, 2021, 11:58:50 PM »
We line dry - easy to do if you live in Florida, although we always get pitying looks even from the neighbors:).
It is no longer a normal, accepted way of doing laundry - but I am good at being a contrarian, it doesn't bother either one of us.

Must be an American thing...still quite normal here. I've used my dryer twice in the last six months.

I use the default 'quick' cycle on the washer which sets the water temp to 30C. Might be worth playing with the buttons to get it to cold instead :)

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« Reply #35 on: November 24, 2021, 06:05:14 AM »
On the subject of dishwashers, I came across this video a few weeks ago which does an excellent job of explaining some of the....'bugs'....associated with modern dishwashers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rBO8neWw04&ab_channel=TechnologyConnections

TL;DW:

-Dishwashers are connected to the hot water supply which can be a waste because the water in the tub is usually cold by the time the dishwasher is ready to draw it. If you want to ensure the water is hot going into the dishwasher, run the kitchen tap until the water out of the tap is hot BEFORE starting the dishwasher cycle.
-Dishwasher 'pacs' are a waste, at best they're just standard detergent, and at worst with how some models dose the pacs you might actually be getting very little detergent in the main wash cycle.
-You should always add detergent to the pre-wash cup (all dishwashers have them, and if you think yours doesn't, the indentation on top of the detergent chamber is for pre-wash dosing).
-You really shouldn't pre-rinse residual food, it's just a waste of water. The dishwasher will macerate and discharge the big stuff in the first cycle.

So now Iím curious if those who wash clothes on cold also use cold water in their dishwashers?  Why or why not?

The only way to get cold water in most dishwashers is to connect it to the cold-side supply. The amount of hot water the dishwasher draws from your water heater is a rounding error on your utility bill relative to a bath or shower. In the first rinse cycle, hot water is especially important to help melt off any fat/oil before the main wash cycle is initiated.

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« Reply #36 on: November 24, 2021, 08:05:44 AM »
So now Iím curious if those who wash clothes on cold also use cold water in their dishwashers?  Why or why not?

As I mentioned above, I've found I can't use cooler water in my dishwasher--it doesn't get things clean. My dishwasher has two temperature settings and I have to use the hotter one to get good results. For laundry, I notice no difference in cleanliness with cold water, and it is gentler on clothes.

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« Reply #37 on: November 24, 2021, 02:09:04 PM »
On the subject of dishwashers, I came across this video a few weeks ago which does an excellent job of explaining some of the....'bugs'....associated with modern dishwashers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rBO8neWw04&ab_channel=TechnologyConnections

TL;DW:

-Dishwashers are connected to the hot water supply which can be a waste because the water in the tub is usually cold by the time the dishwasher is ready to draw it. If you want to ensure the water is hot going into the dishwasher, run the kitchen tap until the water out of the tap is hot BEFORE starting the dishwasher cycle.
-Dishwasher 'pacs' are a waste, at best they're just standard detergent, and at worst with how some models dose the pacs you might actually be getting very little detergent in the main wash cycle.
-You should always add detergent to the pre-wash cup (all dishwashers have them, and if you think yours doesn't, the indentation on top of the detergent chamber is for pre-wash dosing).
-You really shouldn't pre-rinse residual food, it's just a waste of water. The dishwasher will macerate and discharge the big stuff in the first cycle.

Huh, we do occasionally complain about our dishwasher not doing as good a job as it should, so this is good to know. The video was super informative, and we do generally use pods so I'll definitely be giving these a try before dumping all the blame on the dishwasher itself. We bought the pods at costco so it'll probably be a loooong time before we need to buy more, but maybe I'll buy a thing of powder to add to the pre-wash alongside a pod and see how that works.

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« Reply #38 on: November 24, 2021, 04:10:42 PM »
I tried my dishwasher on the eco setting and it was definitely inferior to the next setting up, which is where I have stayed. I will watch the video for some extra tips.

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« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2021, 11:09:08 PM »
So now Iím curious if those who wash clothes on cold also use cold water in their dishwashers?  Why or why not?
I have read that modern dishwashers (and the detergents) rely on hot water to do the job well (because they use very little water).

So I wash clothes cold but leave hot water to my dishwasher.

Didn't know about adding detergent to any kind of indent though. Now I'm going to have to inspect my dishwasher lol.

We still rinse dishes. We actually leave them to soak in the sink and I load the dishwasher at night. We've tried skipping the rinse/soak and DH complains they don't come out clean. My hope has been to load directly after using each dish but DH insists they need to soak for a bit. It does seem to help.

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« Reply #40 on: November 25, 2021, 12:55:28 PM »
We have a Frigidaire front load washer and dryer set, these are actually rebadged Electrolux, purchased April 2009. Salesman and documentation says to use cold water and HE detergent. We use warm or hot wash for towels and super-dirty clothing, but cold water at all other times.
And there's 2 types of cold wash: a "cold" which is regular water temperature (can vary between warn and coolish) and a "cold" which is a specific water temperature. We use the former most of the time, except in FL winters where we switch to the latter. No issues in over 12 years washing bedding, towels, work clothing, sports clothing, baby and kids clothing with mostly cold water.

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« Reply #41 on: November 25, 2021, 02:33:59 PM »
So now Iím curious if those who wash clothes on cold also use cold water in their dishwashers?  Why or why not?

Food bacteria on an item that will be in contact with what I'm going to eat is very, very different from skin bacteria on an item of clothing that's going to back on and touch exactly the same skin bacteria that are still there, on my skin, in the same spot where the clothes picked up the bacteria in the first place. No bacteria from my arm that ends up back on my arm is going to hurt me.

The burden of disinfection is WILDLY different.

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Re: Anyone washing clothes with cold water?
« Reply #42 on: November 25, 2021, 02:53:02 PM »
I've always washed clothes in cold.

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Re: Anyone washing clothes with cold water?
« Reply #43 on: November 28, 2021, 03:22:21 AM »
We line dry - easy to do if you live in Florida, although we always get pitying looks even from the neighbors:).
It is no longer a normal, accepted way of doing laundry - but I am good at being a contrarian, it doesn't bother either one of us.

Must be an American thing...still quite normal here. I've used my dryer twice in the last six months.

Years ago I swore never to post in another laundry thread since it was common for an American to moan that line drying made the towels stiff and hard, and not all soft and fluffy like the dryer. ( and it was always the poster's spouse who was unhappy).

Can't believe its gone so long and no-ones complained....must be progress after all;)

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Re: Anyone washing clothes with cold water?
« Reply #44 on: November 28, 2021, 05:59:43 AM »
I throw all my clothes in a bin, when full carry to basement, Cold water w/15 minute soak since I have socks, colors,darks, and whatever in there,  use Armour Hammer with Oxi-clean and done. Then put in dryer for around 45 minutes and head back down pull out my shirts and put on hangers, fold and fill bin, go upstairs and put away. Everyone in the house except the DW as far as i know does the same thing.

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Re: Anyone washing clothes with cold water?
« Reply #45 on: November 28, 2021, 02:28:43 PM »
I've always washed clothes in cold.

Same here.  Cold wash and then hang them to dry.

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Re: Anyone washing clothes with cold water?
« Reply #46 on: November 28, 2021, 02:37:33 PM »
We line dry - easy to do if you live in Florida, although we always get pitying looks even from the neighbors:).
It is no longer a normal, accepted way of doing laundry - but I am good at being a contrarian, it doesn't bother either one of us.

Must be an American thing...still quite normal here. I've used my dryer twice in the last six months.

Years ago I swore never to post in another laundry thread since it was common for an American to moan that line drying made the towels stiff and hard, and not all soft and fluffy like the dryer. ( and it was always the poster's spouse who was unhappy).

Can't believe its gone so long and no-ones complained....must be progress after all;)
Iíll bite. It does make my towels crunchy. I still do it, though. But every now and then I toss them in the dryer to get them fluffy and soft again. How do I prevent this? I feel like Iím already using less detergent so I donít think itís too much detergent?

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Re: Anyone washing clothes with cold water?
« Reply #47 on: November 28, 2021, 04:40:16 PM »
We line dry - easy to do if you live in Florida, although we always get pitying looks even from the neighbors:).
It is no longer a normal, accepted way of doing laundry - but I am good at being a contrarian, it doesn't bother either one of us.

Must be an American thing...still quite normal here. I've used my dryer twice in the last six months.

I find that even 5 minutes in the dryer before hanging them to dry solves the crunchiness issue. 

Years ago I swore never to post in another laundry thread since it was common for an American to moan that line drying made the towels stiff and hard, and not all soft and fluffy like the dryer. ( and it was always the poster's spouse who was unhappy).

Can't believe its gone so long and no-ones complained....must be progress after all;)
Iíll bite. It does make my towels crunchy. I still do it, though. But every now and then I toss them in the dryer to get them fluffy and soft again. How do I prevent this? I feel like Iím already using less detergent so I donít think itís too much detergent?

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Re: Anyone washing clothes with cold water?
« Reply #48 on: November 28, 2021, 04:55:34 PM »
We line dry - easy to do if you live in Florida, although we always get pitying looks even from the neighbors:).
It is no longer a normal, accepted way of doing laundry - but I am good at being a contrarian, it doesn't bother either one of us.

Must be an American thing...still quite normal here. I've used my dryer twice in the last six months.
Years ago I swore never to post in another laundry thread since it was common for an American to moan that line drying made the towels stiff and hard, and not all soft and fluffy like the dryer. ( and it was always the poster's spouse who was unhappy).

Can't believe its gone so long and no-ones complained....must be progress after all;)
Iíll bite. It does make my towels crunchy. I still do it, though. But every now and then I toss them in the dryer to get them fluffy and soft again. How do I prevent this? I feel like Iím already using less detergent so I donít think itís too much detergent?

I find that even 5 minutes in the dryer before hanging them to dry solves the crunchiness issue. 

Yeah, Iíll also do that for a few minutes after they dry and it helps. I just wonder, for all the world that doesnít even have a dryer, there must be some way that doesnít use a dryer at all, right?

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Re: Anyone washing clothes with cold water?
« Reply #49 on: November 28, 2021, 05:16:34 PM »
No, I think that line dried towels are just crunchier. I like them that way! Theyíre more absorbent, I think. They soften up quite a bit after you use them, but they arenít fluffy. And jeans are stiff.

I am fine with that. In the winter I do throw towels and sheets in the dryer because they take up a lot of real estate air drying, but there is nothing as wonderful as a dried in the summer sun sheet, IMO.