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Growing up my mother always told me, wash whites in hot water, hot water is better for stains, and hot water will get your clothes cleaner. Well who am I to argue with my mother? Well mamá, you kind of led me astray, but not on purpose, I know. Here are some potential disasters I have personally experienced while washing clothes in hot water.
Yes, some fabrics and hot water don’t mix, so you’ll get shrinkage. I have made the mistake before. Luckily I have 5 daughters, so when it’s the oldest sister’s shirt that shrinks, it’ll fit one of the other ones. And who doesn’t need doll clothes, right? Wrong. We don’t need doll clothes, so from now on, only cold water so our clothes don’t shrink.
Just the other day, my daughter did her own laundry, used the regular settings on the washing machine, and some of the colors bled onto her new shirt. I’ve taught her to separate lights from darks, but alas, sometimes I make the same mistake and frankly, I just get lazy sometimes.
I also had to teach my daughter how to change the water temperature, because the general setting for a regular load of laundry automatically washes in warm water. It’s super easy. Once you choose your setting like whites, you just hit Wash Temp. on our machine and keep hitting the button until it lights up on the water temperature you want.
Luckily, the good news is that our preferred brand of laundry detergent, Tide® PODS™ Plus Downy® can dissolve in any temperature of water, so we’re not sacrificing cleanliness. It has 4 in 1 technology: detergent, stain remover, brightener, and Downy Fabric Protect.
Just kidding. I’m being dramatic, but really using cold water to wash our clothing and do laundry is beneficial to the environment. There are already many benefits to washing in cold water, so adding environmentally conscious to the list certainly doesn’t hurt. In fact, I like teaching my kids easy ways to contribute to our planet like recycling, turning off lights when we leave a room, and washing clothes in cold water. Our children learn from our example.
Faded and Stretched Out Clothing
Hot water is harsher on your clothing. This will cause colors to fade faster and even stretch out clothing. Why do you think all the LuLaRoe clothing says to wash in cold. They want you to get your money’s worth and know cold water will prolong the use. My kids are harsh on their clothes and ride bikes, jump on the trampoline, and run around the neighborhood in their LuLaRoe dresses, so mama needs to keep the good stuff for a long time. Tide PODS® Plus Downy laundry* detergent pacs also help protect clothes from damage in the wash. *Keep out of reach of children.
Higher Energy Bills
Hot water uses energy. Energy costs money. Save some moolah for better things like ice cream.
Washing Clothes in Hot Water
Try to avoid these disasters of washing clothes in hot water. There are a lot of laundry myths out there, so hopefully I can help set them straight. With a family of 7, I do a lot of laundry, and I’m still learning new things. Now if only I could invent a machine that folds laundry for me. Oh wait, they’re called children.