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Hi, I have always washed my clothes in cold. When I was a teenager, a red top ran really bad and ruined everything in the wash that day. I continuned, until my son began in a career of football, then only his clothes got the hot water. Now, it is recommended that you wash in cold to save money and energy. I'm hoping to be helping the cause.
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Originally Posted By: Jilly


Laundry is kinda like my form of cooking. smile


Laundry is my form of cooking as well I suck at both!

I can cook well enough that we dont starve and I do laundry wellenough that we are clean but I dont iron mend or get fancy with the cleaning. my whites are as white as they can be with out bleach. I figure my socks dont have to be glaring white and if they look better going into the wash then they do coming out of it then its time for new socks! laugh I like new socks! that is the only thing white white that i have to wear.

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We don't iron either - we maybe take the iron out once a year for something. We dress casually here. I am definitely finding that cold-only is doing well even with workout clothes and so far I haven't had any stain issues!


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We make a point of having clothes that can take washing and drying in a machine (not hand washing, not dry cleaning, not ironing).

The few things we have that we don't dry in a machine (some wicking workout clothes, my bras and our fuzzy socks) I just hang up in the laundry area and then put away.

I have a friend who irons every morning, and I find that bizarre. But I can see that she sees it as a morning mediation and it means something to her. smile

For me, we have an iron we got from walmart for 6 bucks and I use it to add patches to things (like a sci fi patch to my backpacks or hats). And it's around if a guest needs an iron or if I need to get candle wax out of the carpet. blush


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I agree completely - I try not to have any hand wash or dry clean clothes around. I do have a few formal dresses that are dry clean only, and I rarely wear them, and actually feel guilty when I have to then bring them in to the dry cleaner. Unfortunately I adore the Chinese embroidery style and they just don't seem to have those in non-dry-clean.

Those Holy Clothing dresses that I love to wear claim to be hand wash only - but I finally gave up and wash them in the machine, separately by colors. With the front loader, you can do small loads and it only uses a tiny bit of water. So what I do is wait until I have 3 or 4 "red" dresses that need washing and then do them all together. It ends up being about a half load since they're so long.


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My daughter is very particular about her clothes and hand washed quite a few things marked "dry clean". She uses Woolite.

I personally don't like the chemicals they use in dry cleaning, which have been linked to cancer.

I did see an "eco-friendly" dry cleaner just the other day but not sure what that's about or if it's possible to do drycleaning with no harmfu chemicals.

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I would definitely use an eco dry cleaner if they had one around here. I'd be really afraid about washing suits in water though ...?


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OK the ultimate test - I had blood on my PJs from a cut I'd gotten. I washed them in cold, with my super-rinse setting. There are no stains at all!! So I am fully convinced. They smell super clean, I have no itching problems, and there are no stains.

Cold is King smile


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what I think is funny is that we all assume dry cleaning is done dry. It is actually done with a mixture of chemicals and water. It is just different and requres pressure and chemicals.

Personally I do not buy things that are dry clean only. If I have them I habd wash them if possible. The only eception is my suits. I do take those in. However, when they come home I usually air them and then steam them to remove any residual smell.


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Lisa, that is actually not a good test. smile You can ONLY get blood (or other protein based stains - ie, body fluids) out in cold water.

Heat cooks it in; changes the enzymes so it becomes 'set.'

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