Cleaning clothes in cold water
April 21, 2006 12:18 PM Subscribe
Does cold water laundry detergent get everything properly clean? Really? Honest?
posted by rosemere to Home & Garden (23 answers total)
My Mum and Cheryl Mendelson agree: heat helps get out dirt and sanitize clothing. So I always use hot water on cotton underwear, sheets, personal towels and kitchen towels. Cold is fine for most other clothing, although white socks also go in hot water.
But my husband has started buying cold water detergent and thinks that should be fine to clean everything: jeans, socks, undewear, sheets, towels, etc., although he still sorts laundry by type, soil and weight.
Is he right? Should I feel free to wash everything in cold water?