I currently only wash sheets and bedding in hot water
Everything lese in cold water
Is there any reason to wash other thing in hot water
such as underwear, towels, etc?
Do such items need the hot water to kill any germs?
What do you wash in hot water?
The EPA says it takes 12 minutes at 127 F to kill dust mites. I
don't know if that kills the eggs, which stick.
The University of Nebraska says laundering at 77 F, which is pretty
cold, will remove most dustmite allergens. They say the first line
of defense is a vacuum cleaner with a good filter. They say a
water filter is best. (I wonder what that is.) Steaming with a
dry steamer, then vacuuming, is especially effective.
Dust mites grow best when it's above 75 F and above 70% humidity.
Those conditions are most likely to exist in a bed. Special covers
for mattresses and pillows can make a big difference.
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My sheets are not classed as whites - I use a 40c wash on them and I'm not
too fussy about changing them overfrequently. My machine decides the
temperature, some programmes will only take in hot, some only cold. Certain
fabrics should be rinsed in warm. If you were ever married to a marine you
would know their dress uniforms should be washed and rinsed in warm water.
So how often do you change your sheets dear?
<g> it wouldn't shock me!! my personal record is three months. :-)
mind you, that was in 1987 or so. i'm much better about it now i'm a proper
grown-up. now i aim for weekly, which means it's never longer than about 3
But do you think that washing sheets in cold water and
then drying in a hot dryer will kill the dust mites as
well as hot water washing and hot drying?
If yes.... I will quit washing even sheets in hot water
as I always dry them in a dryer.
Some detergents contain enzymes. They work best around body
temperature, like a bath tub.
One drawback of Oxiclean is that it works best in very hot water.
Hot water may get whites whiter, but I'm usually satisfied with warm.
On Mon, 27 Mar 2006 11:04:46 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
Sheets, towels, kitchen towels, underwear, white socks get washed in
hot water. Sometimes a very dirty item such as jeans will be washed
in hot water. Hot water cleans better. However, there are stains
that may set in hot water. Soapy water kills (most) germs.
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