In an interview with ABC, Choice whitegoods expert Ashleigh Iredale said that thanks to advancements in washing machine technology, and enzyme-based detergents, the difference between a hot and cold was is minimal.
“You do get a slight performance improvement washing in warm water, but we’ve found it’s not worth the extra energy cost. If you have solar hot water or electricity then washing in hot water is free, but it might not be great for all your clothes,” he said.
How to get a good wash at any temperature
- Use a high-quality laundry detergent
- Clean your washing machine regularly if you always use a cold wash
- Run a hot water cycle every now and then to remove detergent residue and mould
- If members of the family are sick, it’s better to use a ‘hygiene wash’ setting on your machine with warm water
- Cold water will reduce clothes fading in colour
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