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Date: 8/18/13 7:12 PM

I think I've seen this on the boards lately somewhere, but can't find it. I am interested in possible temperature fluctuations for the cold setting on my washer - worried that it might not actually be cold, especially in the summer. I'm wondering if that explains a small amount of pant shrinkage (or is it really too much ice cream :winkgrin:) I have a cold and tap cold setting , but even though I googled it, am not quite sure about the difference. I tend to wash most things in cold.

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Date: 8/18/13 7:54 PM

I believe you saw the posts from Poorpigling complaining about her hot "cold" water. I think she said at one time she used a thermometer to check the temp.

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Date: 8/18/13 10:45 PM

Just bumped this thread......
Sewing Tips and Techniques (section)
Learned Anything This Month? (thread)

See page one for post with link to washing temperatures.

This summer has been a little cooler than expected, so far, but the cold water starts from the tap just about too hot for hand washing. Wonder what it is like in Arizona.

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Date: 8/18/13 11:26 PM

Thanks! I think that was what I saw originally. I'll get out my thermometer tomorrow.

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Date: 8/18/13 11:36 PM

Run the cold water faucet and that may help push out the warmer water.

The opposite works for our second floor shower when I want the shower water to be warmer faster.

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Date: 8/19/13 2:38 AM

If I had not moved to FL, I never would have understood this question. In MT the cold-water was a consistent 54 F from well. It was perfect for a first rinse or soak to remove stains. I needed warm to bring it up to the 70 F range for hard and greasy dirt removal.

I was so surprised when I used the cold washer setting in FL and found it had set my stains. I now keep a laundry bucket filled with cold water in my utility sink. Once it sits, it is colder than the tap water and I can always toss in a bit of ice. So if I have fabrics that need a cold soak or wash, they go into that bucket first, then into the washer's cold water setting.

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Date: 8/19/13 9:10 AM

Could you turn off the hot water tap to your washing machine? Mine is right behind the washer.

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Date: 8/23/13 1:10 AM

PattyE,
I think that they mean that the cold water tap is warm. I didn't understand why my southern CA nephews were so insistent on having lots of ice until I was visiting. The water never really got cold. It's funny because I grew up in So. Cal, I guess you forget. I live in the mountains in CO and our cold water is COLD. In winter you can't wash your hands in cold water without them turning purple and aching.
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Date: 8/23/13 8:52 AM

I should bring you all up to date on my hot/cold water experience.. In the summer esp I like to rinse my dogs off out in the yard to cool them down a bit using the outdoor hose. I noticed that the water that initially comes out of that hose is VERY hot.. And for a lot longer than one would think..
So its not just a problem with indoor water supply.. but also outdoors so for those of you wanting to wash your puppies outdoors please be careful not to burn them..
So for the OP I would suggest doing a regular load before you try doing a cold water only load.. that might help push out the hot water .. Maybe just run your sheets on cold then your cold things on cold in the next load..

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