Cold water washing?

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  1. Jackomet

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    Here in Spain (Almeria) we were talking to some Spanish and English ladies (please no PC here) and they all use "Agua fria" (cold water) Spanish washing liquid and only use cold water in their machines. SWMBO sitting next to me and being, like me, "old school", thought "What a heap of bloody rubbish!".

    Well after three weeks of doing so using our trusty little plastic twin tub, they are right, white and coloureds, badly stained etc come out absolutley fine. No more hot washes for us.
    Is this a secret? AEG have brought out a cold only washing machine so I guess that's the future then?
    Try it.
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    Dont think that is a secret. Webought a new washing machine last year and the different makes we looked at were all cold fill machines. Its all about the modern washing powders they work better at low temperatures.

    Will add the washing takes longer to do though due to the pre wash cycles built into the programmes. A bit like the old days of soaking before washing I guess.
     
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    I think they are mostly cold fill but then heat the water up to whatever degree. I think OP meant they wash in cold water and don't heat the water at all :Smile:
     
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    The washers here are all cold wash. Many foreign visitors use their own powders and use buckets to fill the washers from the hot taps at the washing up sinks.

    On this site only 1 set of washing up sinks have hot water.
     
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    Whilst cold water may clean with a detergent designed for cold water washing it won't kill off bacteria as well, think about this - you will never see surgical hospital theatre gowns etc washed in anything less that boiling water.
    Using hot water also requires LESS detergents than using cold.
     
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    My Mrs is guilty of washing nice new Tees n sweats in boiling water, then when they're three sizes too small, she'll blame my beer drinking habit:Doh::BigGrin:
     
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    Are you saying you can't get a hot and cold water fill on a washing machine now ? My last one was hot and cold fill.
     
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    Looked on the web and you can still get hot and cold fill machines :thumb: :Smile:
     
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    I'm thinking that the Spanish sun has a bleaching effect when the clothes are hanging out to dry.

    Doug...
     
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    The sun is shining and there's a world out there, I can't believe we're sat in discussing washing.......[​IMG]
     
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    No Dylan

    What I was saying was all of the washing machines on the site we have been over-wintering on are just cold washers. Cold fill and no heating of the washer water.
     
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    Ive got a better system

    Im not sure how much it cost or quite how it works or where you get them from but I have this wicker basket thing in the corner of the bedroom.....you just throw your dirty washing ( undies shirts socks etc. ) in there... ...... and 3 days later they are hanging up or back in my drawers ironed and ready to go .!!!!!


    I'll get my coat :)


    barry
     
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    Barry I have one of those too, a different model though, white with two compartments but does exactly the same thing. I had to buy a licence for 7/6 (38p) 40 years ago but it has never worn out or broken down, though I have to take the operators assistant out for a meal once every so many years.
    Best bargain I ever had.

    Norman

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    Ours has a cold water pipe attached. No hot water feed.
    The washing machine heats up the water inside the drum to what ever temp you set it at.
    We queried it when we bought it last year , and were told that most new washing machines are made that way now. :thumb:
     
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    Snap, which was what Pete was saying really, and I can choose a cold wash if I want but usually do 30 or 40 degrees I admit.

    There is defo no 'boil' wash on this machine though!

    However - I don't actually find a need to sterilise my washing as it goes - but if I did I expect I'd put the jam pan on the gas and bring the contents up to the boil, hardly rocket science!
     
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