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Old 27-06-2004, 6:47 PM
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Last summer when my inlaws visited from NZ, sister in law said that she does all her washing (including undies and towels) in cold water soap. Saves on energy and is fully available over there. The clothes don't lose all their colour either.
Have tried to discover something similar here in UK but to no avail. Does anyone know about this stuff or use it here?
The amount of washing I do it would be so worthwhile.
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Old 27-06-2004, 7:00 PM
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Can you get washing machines that do a cold wash, then? !The coolest mine gets is 40 degrees :-/

I've done a quick search, but can't find anything on cold water soap. Could you use washing liquid instead of powder? I keep some liquid in case I need to hand wash anything in cool water, I would've thought it would be OK for a cold wash in the machine :-/
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Old 27-06-2004, 7:15 PM
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I had an old washing machine that you could choose the temperature for, but the one I have now is not so obliging. It does have a 30 degree wash which only takes 1/2 hour which is quite useful. It's not great for whites though. I haven't heard of cold water soap, but do use liquid rather than powder, as that is probably easier to dissolve.
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Old 27-06-2004, 7:16 PM
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Yes you can get cold fill machines as she has one. My old machine was only connected to the cold fill and I could set a temperature I wanted to use. However my new machine runs at a minimum of 30 degrees.
There must still be makers of cold fill machines around.
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Old 27-06-2004, 7:30 PM
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Can you get washing machines that do a cold wash, then? !The coolest mine gets is 40 degrees :-/

I've done a quick search, but can't find anything on cold water soap. !Could you use washing liquid instead of powder? !I keep some liquid in case I need to hand wash anything in cool water, I would've thought it would be OK for a cold wash in the machine :-/
I just did a search and found something in the US called Seafoam and have contacted them to see if available in UK at all. It is very environmentally friendly by all accounts.
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Old 27-06-2004, 7:33 PM
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I only searched the UK :

My machine is only connected to the cold water pipe, but the machine doesn't have a cold wash option. My friend's a sparky, I bet he'll find a way round it for me ;D
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Old 27-06-2004, 7:34 PM
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I have a Bosch Maxx which has a cold water wash.

Do you think it would work with liquid wash?

I have some washing in at the moment and have some more to do.
Perhaps I will try it on the next wash see how it comes out.
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Old 27-06-2004, 7:37 PM
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Yes, Angela can be our official tester ;D
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Old 27-06-2004, 7:50 PM
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OK next lot of washing sitting poised by the machine.
(neve been so excited about doing washing),sad isn't it.
The only thing I think I may need to do is possibly give it an extra rinse.
I will see how much it smells of liquid cleaner when it comes out.
But I am sure that is cheaper(as I am on a water meter)
than the electricity to heat the water.
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Old 27-06-2004, 8:21 PM
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any news on the delivery?
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Old 27-06-2004, 10:29 PM
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Come on Angela, we are all waiting for the result!!!!! ;D
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Test with cold wash results.

Very successful,didnt need to do an extra rinse.
Will see how it feels tomorrow during wearing.

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Old 27-06-2004, 11:20 PM
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What about bedsheets, I thought you have to wash them at 60degrees to kill the dustmite stuff, like the socks if you have athletes foot etc

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Old 27-06-2004, 11:59 PM
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I never knew that about bed linen.
I must have a severe case of dust mites as I usually only wash at 40 degrees!!!!

My test wash is all dry now and there is definately no smell of the washing liquid.

Obviously this cold wash will not be suitable for all your washing,but I think we wash everything so much nowadays that it will be fine for socks,t shirts etc.

What with this and cutting down on boiling my kettle every half hour,scottish power will be round to see if I have bypassed their metre.
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Old 28-06-2004, 1:16 PM
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Thanks Angela ;D
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Old 28-06-2004, 2:11 PM
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Hi Guys

I'm a new poster to this site but have been lurking around for months. Finally time to make my contribution!

I have been cold washing most of my laundry for years! I have a inexpensive Hotpoint which has a cold wash option but is connected to both hot & cold. I do everything except very heavily soiled stuff on a cold wash, including linen & hubbys sweaty work clothes & everything comes out sparkling clean & fresh. I use the minimum washing powder I can get away with & add 2 capfuls of white vinegar to the softner cycle which not only softens clothes (yes, really) , it also deodorises & kills bacteria, as well as making sure my machine doesn't clog up with limescale. Much cheaper & freindlier to the enviroment plus the added bonus that neither of us are allergic to the vinegar, as we are to many softeners. Vinegar is a natuaral antiseptic & can be used on loads of things & the smell disapears when it dries so you don't go around reeking like a fish & chip shop!

The agitation of the water acts as the biggest soil remover in a washing machine & the vinegar gives the antiseptic properties to kill the harmful germs.

I only use a hot wash if something is heavily stained, although often I can avoid this by soaking the item in hot water & a stain remover first.

I would definately recommend it if you have a cold water option, or at least dropping to the lowest temp your machine offers.
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Old 28-06-2004, 7:10 PM
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The majority of my washing is done at 40 degrees. Works a treat, and I only put one tablet into the wash!

Towels and bedsheets get washed at 60 degrees though. Got to get rid of all those dustmites.........
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Old 30-06-2004, 1:57 AM
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Default Re: Cold Washing your Laundry

Slightly off topic but this thread reminded me of something.

My Mum used to live in a housing block where she had unlimited hot water included in the rent. She really wanted a machine that would just take in "free" hot water and wash with that, but all she could find was a machine that filled with cold and heated the water with expensive electricity :-/

I reckon a machine that doesn't heat the water would be a real boon to anyone who gets their water for free (some council housing blocks have communal boilers).

Mind you, if I had bottomless hot water I'd probably do the washing in the bath!
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Old 30-06-2004, 11:11 AM
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When i washed with cold water, the clothes came out with undisolved powder all over them and the whites came out a dismal shade of grey.
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Old 30-06-2004, 5:34 PM
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disolve your powder in some hot water in a jug then pour it into the machine
add some borax that will bring everythng up nice and clean

then about once a month give your whites a zap on the hot wash

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