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Sept 2nd 2013: So you think you're washing at 60°C

In the last few months IFH has been reviewing its guidance on domestic laundering.  Interestingly the new issue of the UK consumer magazine WHICH? reports the results of tests on 12 UK domestic washing machines set to 60°C, which showed that two thirds of machines set to 60°C do not actually reach that temperature.  One model heated the water to just 43°C, whilst most kept the water cooler than 50°C for 70% of the wash.  The question is "are these programmes misleading consumers about the hygiene delivery of their laundry".  The report can be found in WHICH? September 20913 (www.which.co.uk)