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Subject: Laundry question
Date Posted: 8/13/2009 8:15 AM ET
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I've been doing my laundry in cold water lately and I wondered--is there any advantage to using a laundry detergent specifically tailored for cold water? I'm guessing not although I may be wrong.


I've been checking out a few of the posts here on making my own detergent. I have sensitive skin and only use the free and clear types of detergent anyway, but still, I'm also hunting to save a bit of money!

Date Posted: 8/13/2009 8:31 AM ET
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I have used cold water only for laundry for years and can't see a difference between detergents. I use whatever is on sale that I have a coupon for. I like liquid better than powder detergent, since it disolves better. If you like the powder better, you could add the detergent first, then a bit of warm water to start to disolve the detergent, then change it to cold and add the laundry.

Date Posted: 8/13/2009 9:01 AM ET
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I've been using liquid myself so I couldn't figure out any difference. I think it might be a marketing ploy by the laundry detergent people!

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 12:25 AM ET
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I use whatever detergent is cheapest and unscented. We wash on cold. No problems.

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 2:58 PM ET
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I work for a wellness manufacturer that has been green for 24 year - before green was popular.  There is a difference in performance in teh temperature of the water (we have the test to prove it) and the temp also affects the wear and tear - not to mention the saving energy issue.

We have a liguid detergent that cleans as well in cold water as others do in hot water - plus it uses live enzymes to do the job - not harsh chemicals.  It is about half the price of Tide - which has been the leader for years.  It of course, has NO fillers either - which is hard to find in store shelf products.  So...it can be done!

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 3:50 PM ET
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I figure there is a difference between them, since the liquid detergent disolves much faster in warm than in cold (as I'm trying to clean the cup out).  This is with Bio-Klean, which supposedly works for all temperatures.

Joy, is there a web site with the test results? I'd be very curious to see them.

Subject: Laundry Ball
Date Posted: 5/4/2010 8:32 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I've been using a laundry ball and a dryer ball.  The laundry ball lasts for 6 months and the dryer ball about the same.  I wash in cold water only.  It gets my clothes clean and I don't have to worry about buying detergent either.


I also have my own green shopping mall, it's an internet business that although I don't have a big team yet, I still can earn $$ on regular products as well as green ones.

Subject: Cold water
Date Posted: 5/10/2010 12:04 AM ET
Member Since: 2/19/2007
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There is cold water and then there is COLD water.  My cold water now (in Hawaii) is about what lukewarm was when we lived in Idaho.   Just a random thought I had.......

Judith L. (JML) - ,
Date Posted: 5/10/2010 5:08 PM ET
Member Since: 10/28/2005
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I just read an article that says we don't really need to use detergent, the agitator in the machine is what does the work.  http://funny-about-money.com/2010/01/30/we-dont-need-no-steenking-laundry-detergent/ I'm not sure I'm ready to eliminate the detergent, but I have cut way back and have not noticed a change.  So I can't believe it matters whether you use a special detergent for cold water or not.  I use hot though, because I have allergies to dust mites and only hot water and hot drying keeps them in check.