Most of your things can be cleaned with warm water. It cleans well and doesn’t shrink or fade too much. When to Use Cold Water: Use cold water (80°F) for things that are fragile or have dark or bright colors that bleed.
It’s hard to get out of old laundry habits. But washing machines and detergents have gotten so good that you no longer need to wash your clothes in hot water. Here’s why it saves energy to wash clothes in cold water.