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Washing Machine Temperature

Does anyone know if someone's invented some sort of max/min thermometer for going into a washing machine. And if they have, are they available in Switzerland?

Stuff keeps shrinking in our machine, even at low temperature settings, so I was wondering if there might be a thermostat issue or something.
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Re: Washing Machine Temperature

Did you explain it to the little one that pushing buttons is not always good?
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Are you sure this is not a way of trying to deny you put weight on?
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Re: Washing Machine Temperature

Most decent, modern washing machines allow you to open the door mid-wash; you press the "door open" button and wait while it drains water to below the opening. Then, open the door and stick a normal thermometer in the water.

Or maybe try and stick one of those paper thermometers (that they sometimes use in fridges) to the inside of the glass door.
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Does anyone know if someone's invented some sort of max/min thermometer for going into a washing machine. And if they have, are they available in Switzerland?

Stuff keeps shrinking in our machine, even at low temperature settings, so I was wondering if there might be a thermostat issue or something.
...and then Mirfield found out that the temperature was in celcius....
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Re: Washing Machine Temperature

Marks and Spencers now advise washing most clothes at 30C not 40C as previously. Are you using a dryer - in which case it is more likely to be the culprit.
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Re: Washing Machine Temperature

Terrylene, crimpolene and velour clothing, should only be hand washed, if you don't want your shirt collars to become smaller and bell-bottoms to lose their flair.
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Does anyone know if someone's invented some sort of max/min thermometer for going into a washing machine. And if they have, are they available in Switzerland?

Stuff keeps shrinking in our machine, even at low temperature settings, so I was wondering if there might be a thermostat issue or something.
The shrinking does not depend so much on the temperature but on the exact nature of the fabric. Blue Jeans well into the 80ies were shrinking after the first and second wash, but now no longer do. Because the fabric was changed.

Washing machines however have addon-functions like the "pre-wash" which helps in case of stains/dirt, PLUS the "careful" function, which slows down the process

If you combine the 90°C basic program with those two, you will have an ideal result.

Washing powders and lotions on sale in Switzerland now contain anti-limestone ingredients.

But again, when buying any textiles, give a close look to the washing instructions on the inside, and if there are none ask the personnel.

Textiles like pure silk (some shirts or ties) etc can be sensitive. May shrink considerably at the first wash for example.

You see I at home got endless lectures as Mum had got a one year education in Paris for Haute Couture, and knew about any single sort of textiles. My brother and me feared her precise but almost acid comments like "that new T-shirt you have needs a special wash tomorrow, and you should not buy 100% silk or 100% cotton but ...... and...... this ...."

And of course, fluoroscent T-shirts are not be washed in the washing machine but in the lavabo of the toilet, and very carefully at less than 50°C
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The shrinking does not depend so much on the temperature but on the exact nature of the fabric. Blue Jeans well into the 80ies were shrinking after the first and second wash, but now no longer do. Because the fabric was changed.

Washing machines however have addon-functions like the "pre-wash" which helps in case of stains/dirt, PLUS the "careful" function, which slows down the process

If you combine the 90°C basic program with those two, you will have an ideal result.

Washing powders and lotions on sale in Switzerland now contain anti-limestone ingredients.

But again, when buying any textiles, give a close look to the washing instructions on the inside, and if there are none ask the personnel.

Textiles like pure silk (some shirts or ties) etc can be sensitive. May shrink considerably at the first wash for example.

You see I at home got endless lectures as Mum had got a one year education in Paris for Haute Couture, and knew about any single sort of textiles. My brother and me feared her precise but almost acid comments like "that new T-shirt you have needs a special wash tomorrow, and you should not buy 100% silk or 100% cotton but ...... and...... this ...."

And of course, fluoroscent T-shirts are not be washed in the washing machine but in the lavabo of the toilet, and very carefully at less than 50°C
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Re: Washing Machine Temperature

Good luck, Mirfield. Our washer is restricted to 30-60 C...

but our dryer will cook a steak in under 3 minutes (and shrink just about anything you put in it) on the certain settings.
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