Benefits of Using Warm Water for Your Laundry

Using warm water to wash your clothes helps multiply your laundry efforts. Here’s how to do so the right way.


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Are you wondering whether to wash your clothes in warm water or cold water? Well, the answer is, it depends on the fabric. Using warm water to wash your clothes can be beneficial. It helps kill bacteria and germs, wash away tough stains effectively. It is especially beneficial while washing your baby’s clothes. There are various other benefits of using warm water for washing your clothes. Just like a hot shower recharges you, rinsing your clothes in hot water can give them a new lease of life. 

However, some garments are made of delicate fabrics. Washing them in warm water will result in them losing their shape and shrinking. Thus, the first step is to always check the wash care label on your garment and determine the water temperature to be used.   

Here are some of the key benefits of using warm water for your garments.

1) Get Rid of Germs 

Your workout clothes, socks, bedsheets, etc. attract a lot of germs and bacteria. Using warm or hot water can help kill the germs and bacteria to a great extent. Before you toss these items in your washing machine, remember to check the wash care label and see the highest recommended water temperature to be used.  

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2) Get Rid of Stains 

Hot water helps lift stains easily. If you happen to spill juice or chocolate on your shirt, simply soak the garment in a bucket warm water, mix 2 tsp. of liquid detergent in it and leave it for 2 hours. The hot water will dissolve the sugar, and the stain will loosen. You can then wash the garment using an effective laundry detergent. If you prefer to hand wash your clothes, you can use a detergent powder such as Surf Excel Easy Wash. It is easily available in the market. 

3) Treat Stubborn Stains 

To treat stubborn stains on your garments, simply mix 2 tsp. of liquid detergent and 1 tsp. of white vinegar. Pour it on the stained area and gently scrub with a nylon brush. A nylon brush is non-abrasive and at the same time helps lift stains. Next, take ½ bucket of warm water, add 1 cup of white vinegar and soak the garment for 40-50 minutes. Then wash as you normally do. If you prefer to wash your clothes in a washing machine, you can use Surf Excel Matic Liquid, which is specially formulated for washing machines and is easily available in the market. It also helps maintain your washing machine’s life.

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These laundry tips will help you get rid of stains easily. Warm water can do wonders if used correctly during laundry. Make you clothes stain-free and smell fresh!

Frequently asked questions on using warm water for laundry

What temperature of water is considered "warm" for laundry?

Warm water for laundry is typically between 90°F and 110°F (32°C to 43°C).

Is warm water better than cold water for removing stains?

Yes, warm water can be more effective than cold water at removing stains because it helps to break down oils and dirt. However, some delicate fabrics or colors may require cold water to prevent damage or fading.

Can using warm water damage my clothes?

It depends on the fabric and the care instructions on the label. Some fabrics may shrink or fade in warm water, so it's important to check the label and follow the recommended care instructions.

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