When choosing your preferred water temperature, consider these basic points:
- Hot water cleans most effectively, but shouldn’t be used for all items.
- Warm water can be used for most normally soiled loads.
- Cold water is recommended for lightly soiled or brightly coloured items
To compensate for cooler wash water, it may be necessary to soak or prewash heavily soiled items, increase wash time, use a liquid detergent, or use additional laundry products to boost the detergent's cleaning power. For detergent to be activated, and for powdered detergent to dissolve, the wash water temperature must be at least 65°F.
Tip: If you prefer cold water washing, it’s recommended that you occasionally run a hot or warm water wash, because repeated use of cold water and liquid detergents may produce an odour in the washer over time.