Is 40 Degrees Considered a Cold Wash

Is 40°C Considered a Cold Wash?

Modern washing machines have a huge variety of settings, most of which we don’t even use! 

There are so many types of washes: cotton, synthetics, quick wash, wool, the list could go on. Another choice we have to make is which temperature we’d like our laundry to be washed at, typically between 20 and 90 degrees Celsius. 

Whilst, 20 degrees is easily a cold wash, and 90 degrees is a hot wash – where does 40 degrees stand and is it a good temperature option for us to choose?! 

40 degrees Celsius isn’t considered a cold wash or a hot wash. It is actually straight down the middle – a warm wash. And it’s ideal for a lot of your laundry. 

As with anything, there are pros and cons to washing your clothes, towels, or bedding at 40 degrees. Here is some guidance to help if you’re struggling to make a decision!

When to Wash at 30 Degrees Celsius

Wash at 30 Degrees

A 30-degree wash is considered a cold wash, and has many benefits. These include the following:

  • Retains the colour and quality of your clothes for longer (hotter washes can cause colours to fade)
  • Delicate clothes are less likely to shrink or damage
  • Stains, such as blood, aren’t set into your laundry
  • It can save up to 40% on energy compared to 40 degrees – better for your wallet as well as the environment
  • Many detergents are designed to work well at 30 degrees. 

It’s recommended that you wash ‘lightly soiled’ laundry at this temperature – so things like sweaty sports kit, or school uniforms, for example.


When to Wash at 40 Degrees Celsius

Wash at 40 Degrees temp

On the other hand, for more “heavily soiled” laundry, such as underwear, 40 degrees is the way to go. 

Whilst it isn’t classified as a cold wash, it still saves on energy compared to hotter washes, and is more reliable to give your dirtier washing a thorough clean! 

Certain stains are more likely to come off at 40 degrees as well. Bear in mind that blood needs a lower temperature though! To ensure that germs are dealt with, towels are also best washed at this temperature. 


When to Wash at 60 Degrees

Wash at 60 Degrees

It is generally recommended that you wash your bedding at 60 degrees, to ensure that any bacteria have been gotten rid of! As with any washing query – it’s always best to check the care label if you’re having any doubts. 

Hopefully that leaves you with all of the information you need to choose the right option! Enjoy nailing those temperature settings!