Washing at 30 degrees
July 6, 2007 8:12am CST
In England we're being told to do our washing at 30 degrees due to global warming. It's also meant to help lower your electricity bill. I have to use "Fairy snow" as I have sensitive skin and have used the "Fairy honey conditioner" for a while. My washing doesn't smell as nice at 30 and I'm convinced it's not as clean. I've changed my conditioner to Comfort that is meant to retain a nice smell. My washer does different cycles at different temps so I cannot alter the temperature independantly. I might keep to 30 for towels and bedding etc but I'm just not happy with the clothes. I've been told the washer works just as well with cold water and also that every third wash you can do with no powder. What do you think, have you tried this? Are you willing to go for 30 degree washing?
26 Jul 07
hi sweetie, i am not completely aware of this but i am responding, hope you wouldn't mind. although the electricity factor is there, i feel, its more important to ensure proper killing of germs and bugs. A 10 degree slash in temperature might affect this part of washing. make sure to wash it 2-3 times more. smiles... PS: i was off for a while, missed your discussion. hope all's well.
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26 Jul 07
Hi honey, missed you too, but not been here very much at all! I think it's neccessary to be a little hotter as my kids get food on their clothes and it doesn't always seem very clean at 30, this means it often goes through twice so not much of a saving, suppose it's ok for towels or bedding. love n hugs to you!
26 Jul 07
We've got one of the Hotpoint Aquarius machines, and it's a great machine at that. Very simple to use and has excellent economy settings, to halve the loads to reduce water consumption and to be able to select spin speeds and temperature as well. As a result a lot of our washing has recently been done at 30 degrees and I have to say that we use a mixture of different washing powders and liquids, and I too have fairly sensitive skin. I have two showers a day (ok, so thats probably not environmentally friendly), but I work in a hot office, and I work very hard, so naturally shirts can get a bit dirty - not that bad, but around the neckline or what have you. Now I am an extremely clean person so don't get me wrong, but I have noticed that my shirts are not cleaning well at all. I've since decided to increase the temperature. I'm going to see what happens, maybe I'll do one week on a hot wash, one on a cool wash or something. I am also keen to do my bit for the environment, but as well as being personally clean, I also want clean fresh clothes.