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    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 4th Jul 18, 3:22 PM
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    Cold washes
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    • 4th Jul 18, 3:22 PM
    Cold washes 4th Jul 18 at 3:22 PM
    Does anyone do cold washes in there washing machine.


    I am not sure if its worth it and does it get things really clean. I am worried about things being smelly. Me and my partner are normal people and we sweat.


    Both of us go to the gym so have smelly sweaty gym clothes and I am worried that it wont get it out of the clothes properly.


    Nice to hear from anyone who has done this?


    Thanks in advance


    Yours


    Calley x
    Hope for everything and expect nothing!!!

    Good enough is almost always good enough -Prof Barry Schwartz

    If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try -Seth Godin
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 4th Jul 18, 5:19 PM
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    I wash my normal work dresses on 30degree for half an hour. The come out fine. I wouldn't do it on items which need to be cleaned like underwear, cleaning cloths for example.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 4th Jul 18, 5:21 PM
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    Visiting my friend in Australia 20+ years ago, they washed all their clothing in cold washes, with a powder called Cold Power. I tried finding something similar in the UK but couldn't at the time. I recall speaking to somebody at a company about it, who remarked that things are different in Australia...... I can't imagine that sweaty clothes are that different there to here. If you can find the right product to wash with and team it with the right programme on your machine, it would work. The only difference I could see was they used a toploading machine, I don't recall how long the washes were for.


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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Power
    Last edited by Slinky; 04-07-2018 at 5:23 PM.
    • yellowbear
    • By yellowbear 4th Jul 18, 6:06 PM
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    I've done a typical week's load in cold. Never again. Nothing 'felt' clean. It felt like there was a film left on the clothes.
    Towels were awful. Took ages to dry and felt awful on the body.
    False economy as everything needed re washing.
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 4th Jul 18, 6:14 PM
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    • 4th Jul 18, 6:14 PM
    Since the cutting-edge bio detergents in the UK only claim to work down to 30 that probably tells you something -- presumably they would grab credit if they worked okay with cold water too?
    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 4th Jul 18, 7:51 PM
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    Main reason I asked is that I was reading a frugal blog or such like and they said to save money by washing in cold water.


    I know its something that is mentioned a lot on American websites.


    I will stick with 30 degrees then as min.




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    • rach_k
    • By rach_k 4th Jul 18, 10:15 PM
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    • 4th Jul 18, 10:15 PM
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    • 4th Jul 18, 10:15 PM
    It depends on various factors so reading other people's experiences probably doesn't help you much e.g. I have a modern washing machine, use powdered bio detergent, have hard water, am happy to do longer wash cycles if needed, can tumble dry, have a 'steam' function... and I find washing in cold works perfectly for most things and probably helps things stay looking better for longer too. Change one variable and you may have a completely different story. Just try it and see!
    • mrsr
    • By mrsr 4th Jul 18, 10:31 PM
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    I do most of my washing in cold water on a long wash,some things I put wash on pause and leave to soak.Works well for me washing comes out clean.Towels and bedding go in a hot wash also helps with keeping machine clean. I would never use a liquid doing this.
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 4th Jul 18, 10:44 PM
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    • 4th Jul 18, 10:44 PM
    I live in Canada and cold water washes are pretty normal.

    For a while there was a Cold Power branded washing powder but since liquids became the norm, it seems to have disappeared.

    I just use the liquid on sale and do a normal wash set for cold. No problems.

    I save hotter water for my whites.


    Ah, it was called Artic Power! The washing powder.
    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 4th Jul 18, 11:34 PM
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    I'm in Australia here and wash at 40 degrees, wouldn't use Cold Power detergent either. We had a dermatologist say that he recommends a minimum of 40 degrees for anything directly touching the skin, particularly if you have any skin conditions, unless you're planning to tumble dry or iron everything. We don't tumble dry and I don't iron gym clothes, so 40 degrees it is.
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    • ChrisK.....
    • By ChrisK..... 5th Jul 18, 10:27 AM
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    Firstly - Why do you want to do COLD washes and then be concerned about smells? Why COLD?

    I am 748748397143982 million years old and can tell you categorically that cold or luke warm (30 degree) washes do not kill stinking bacteria
    6473281649873214 years ago when these so called "low temperature" detergents arrived my wife started using them - I noticed after a short while that the freshly washed cotton towels STUNK of what I can only describe a stagnant pond water. The towels looked clean and Im quite sure that was (still is) the ONLY concern for the manufacturers - and here we are 748921748392174 years later and they are still selling this crap

    The conclusion was/is simple - Whilst 30 degrees might remove ALLLLLLLLL stains - it does NOT kill the bacteria which causes the stink - The solution is easy - Always wash heavy soiled/sweaty cottons at maximum temperature to kill all the bug

    Does anyone do cold washes in there washing machine.


    I am not sure if its worth it and does it get things really clean. I am worried about things being smelly. Me and my partner are normal people and we sweat.


    Both of us go to the gym so have smelly sweaty gym clothes and I am worried that it wont get it out of the clothes properly.


    Nice to hear from anyone who has done this?


    Thanks in advance


    Yours


    Calley x
    Originally posted by calleyw
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 5th Jul 18, 12:10 PM
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    Digging about on the net last night I found that Cold Power in Australia and Arctic Power in Canada were the same thing. The company got taken over by a German company who seem to have made changes to the formula that resulted in a lot of users complaining of bad smells in their laundry within the past couple of years.


    ETA, biological powders don't function properly at high temperatures so they won't work properly on cottons in a 'boil' wash. We never wash higher than 40 degrees and don't end up with sweaty stuff coming out smelly.
    Last edited by Slinky; 05-07-2018 at 12:13 PM.
    • fibonarchie
    • By fibonarchie 5th Jul 18, 3:43 PM
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    when these so called "low temperature" detergents arrived my wife started using them - I noticed after a short while that the freshly washed cotton towels STUNK of what I can only describe a stagnant pond water.
    Originally posted by ChrisK.....
    May be that the washing machine needs a service wash? It's good to run a 90 degree wash once a month or so to keep the machine clean and free of gunk etc
    • gsymoo
    • By gsymoo 5th Jul 18, 6:26 PM
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    For really smelly gym gear I soak in milton solution so its sterile! My partner does alot of training and I find if hes doing long runs (11 miles plus) his sweat smells different and my normal wash just doesnt cut it! Dont know why he smells different!
    • MrsStepford
    • By MrsStepford 5th Jul 18, 8:41 PM
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    Haven't found a good liquid yet. We're in a hard water area because all our water comes from a spring, in chalk. Mr Stepford bought some washing machine cleaner last week so we'll be giving that a go. We use Comfort Professional fabric conditioner, which we got from b&m. None on towels, bedding or underwear, we use Dettol Laundry Cleaner. I buy in bulk when it's on special offer. We wouldn't do a cold wash unless specified on garment care label.

    I would rather whack the temperature up and kill the bacteria, I have to say. Increased heating doesn't bother me as we use a variety of airers and garden washing line so no tumble dryer. We only iron shirts, trousers, t-shirts and skirts, as well.
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