We all know the most energy-efficient choice for treating clothing in a washing machine is to choose cold water. It’s also the most gentle and will prevent clothing from bleeding dye, fading or shrinking. But cold isn’t the “one solution for all fabrics” option. For towels and bedding, opt for warm water, which is hot enough to kill odor-causing germs and to properly disinfect them. Also choose this setting for things like kitchen towels and clothes used for cleaning. When it comes to true sanitizing, go with hot, which is important for things like baby clothing, reusable cloth diapers and gym clothing.
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