Can Cold Water
Clean Your Laundry?
Whirlpool brand recommends washing cotton and linen clothing with bright and dark colors on a cold-water wash setting.
Materials made of hydrophobic fibers—polyester, nylon, or any fiber that repels stains and water—get cleaner in cold water than material made of hydrophilic fibers, which absorb moisture like cotton fabrics do.
The bottom line is that using the proper amount of high-efficiency detergent and the correct setting on your washing machine negates the need for any additives.
Energy Star recommends using the proper amount of high-efficiency detergent, switching to Energy Star-certified front-loading washers and dryers, exclusively running full loads, and performing regular appliance maintenance.