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What Temperatures Are Best For Keeping Your Laundry Clean?

Most people have created their own systems for washing their clothes. Some people wash whites with bleach, while others won't even consider it. Some people like to dry their clothing by hanging them outside to dry, while others prefer to use dryers and dryer sheets. Then, of course, there is always the age-old debate about whether cold or hot water is better for doing laundry.


Calling on years of industry experience, the team at The Busy Bubbles Landrette has put together a guideline that will help you determine whether to use hot, warm or cold water on your next load of washing.


Hot, Warm Or Cold?


There isn't a set temperature that will work perfectly for every kind of laundry load. Different fabrics and garments have different temperature requirements, and the optimal setting for each load relies on a variety of factors beyond just the fabric.


There is, however, a simple logic for the three specific temperature settings that exist. If in doubt as to what temperature is optimal, consult the product's label, which should provide clear instructions. In the absence of a label, the following should be taken into consideration.


The General Guideline


Remember that cold water is always the more cost-effective option. Although hot water does a better job of cleaning, it also has the potential to do the most significant harm to your fabrics over time.


Cold water is an economical and eco-friendly way to do laundry, but it doesn't always do the job when it comes to removing tough stains. If you're looking for the best results when using cold water, invest in a heavy-duty detergent like OMO or COLD POWER.


These detergents have the extra cleaning power to tackle tough dirt and stains, even in cold water. Not only will your clothes come out looking great, but cold water can also help preserve the colour and fit of your garments. If you're ever unsure of the best way to wash a particular item, always opt for cold water.


Hot Water


When to use hot water for laundry:


● Clothes that are worn close to the skin and made of white cotton (such as underwear)

● Kitchen and bathroom towels

● Clothing that is extremely filthy or sweaty

● Clothing that has oil stains

● All bed linens used for patients in sick beds


Advantages: The advantages include cleaning greasy stains and stubborn dirt, disinfecting linens contaminated with germs or fungus, and killing insects such as lice or bed bugs.


Disadvantages: Hot water can cause some textiles to shrink, colour to fade, and protein stains to set.


Hot water is an important element of laundry that can help you get the desired results. It's important to remember to use it when needed, such as for deep cleaning and sanitisation.


Warm Water


When to use warm water for laundry:

Use a warm cycle on lightly soiled, washable synthetic materials like:


● Nylon

● Polyester

● Spandex

● Rayon blends


Advantages: The advantages of doing laundry in warm water include helping dissolve laundry detergent and powders and improved energy efficiency compared to hot water.


Disadvantages: Warm water can fade certain colours, it does not sterilise fabrics, and it cannot eliminate heavy dirt and stains.


Unless specifically stated otherwise, warm is OK for washing most fabrics, except extraordinarily delicate silks, wools, lace fabrics, or dark colours, which could get damaged and faded.


Cold Water

When to use cold water for washing laundry:


● Cold water washing is a great option for dark and bright-coloured clothes, as well as delicate fabrics.


Advantages: It's the most energy-efficient and cost-saving water temperature, and it's less likely to shrink items or fade them.


Disadvantages: It is less efficient for removing stains and will not sanitise clothes.


To get the best results from cold water washing, pretreat stubborn stains before putting items in the washer. Use a heavy-duty, enzyme-based liquid laundry detergent or one specifically formulated for cold water.


If an item is particularly soiled, let it pre-soak in the water and detergent solution to give the solution more time to break apart the stains from the fabric.


The Most Trusted Method For Choosing The Best Temperature For Your Laundry


When you rely on your local laundrette to handle your laundry, you won't have to worry about temperature settings. We have the know-how and the right equipment to take care of that for you.


The Busy Bubbles Laundrette is the perfect place to take care of all your laundry needs! Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians are always available to provide helpful advice and guidance if you're using self-service.


Your Local Laundrette

The Busy Bubbles Laundrette is proud to offer our customers a wide range of laundry services to make life easier:


Wash & Fold: Our professional staff will do the laundry for you, so you can have one less thing to worry about.

Ironing: We offer ironing services for both standard and delicate items.

Dry Cleaning: In conjunction with Village Dry Cleaners we offer a Pickup & Delivery Service. They use eco-friendly cleaning products, and their experienced staff will take great care of your clothes. Alternatively you can use our Drop & Go Lockers to drop off your Dry cleaning.

Pick up & Delivery: We offer a convenient laundry pickup and delivery service in the Penrith City LGA and Lower Blue Mountains. To book a pickup, simply download the CleanCloud App.


CTA’ We are committed to providing our customers with the best service possible. If you're looking for a reliable and efficient laundry service, look no further than The Busy Bubbles Laundrette. Visit one of our locations today to make your laundry day a breeze!



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