Is 150 degrees too hot for elastics?

stbonnerSeptember 23, 2010

I've got to say, after reading the recent threads on water temperature I realize that I'm lucky to have the option of a hot wash. I have a Bosch Nexxt 500, and I'm trying to decide whether to use regular/cotton/hot at 125 degrees or regular/cotton/temp boost at 150 degrees for washing my whites. My white loads include fitted sheets and socks and underwear, so I don't want to fry my elastics, but I also want to keep things as white as possible. Is 150 degrees too much for regular weekly washing of elastics, or should I save that for non-elastics and extra-dirty items?

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I wash all my whites including underwear and socks in the sanitary wash cycle. Have also washed towels and sheets in sanitary during flu season. No problems with any elastic. I have white socks that are over 3 years old and the elastic is fine.
It's chlorine that damages the rubber in elastic things.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 9:39AM
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Real rubber elastic may do fine in hot temps but anything with Lycra or other synthetic stretchy stuff won't last long.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 11:03AM
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Thanks, y'all. That's exactly what I needed to know. It sounds like socks and underwear are probably fine in the higher temps, but sports bras are a no-go.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 12:12PM
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Don't forget to consider dryer temps, also. Dryers can get even hotter than this depending upon cycle chosen.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 12:50PM
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Watch out for synthetic blends in socks. I use sanitize with Oxyclean to really get whites white. The water gets hotter and it takes so long that the Oxyclean does its job.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2010 at 11:40AM
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It's true about dryers getting hotter. More damage to clothes come from the dryer and not the washer. Hot water doesn't really shrink clothes but a hot dryer will.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2010 at 6:52PM
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