Return to the Laundry Room Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Is 150 degrees too hot for elastics?

Posted by stbonner (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 23, 10 at 7:05

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?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Is 150 degrees too hot for elastics?

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.


 o
RE: Is 150 degrees too hot for elastics?

Real rubber elastic may do fine in hot temps but anything with Lycra or other synthetic stretchy stuff won't last long.


 o
RE: Is 150 degrees too hot for elastics?

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.


 o
RE: Is 150 degrees too hot for elastics?

Don't forget to consider dryer temps, also. Dryers can get even hotter than this depending upon cycle chosen.


 o
RE: Is 150 degrees too hot for elastics?

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.


 o
RE: Is 150 degrees too hot for elastics?

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.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Laundry Room Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here