At What Temperature Do You Wash Your Cosies?

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I currently wash mine at 40c, (which was the recommended temp by the maker) but I feel it would be more hygienic to wash at 60c. However, I'm concerned that if I do that, they might get pulled out of shape and ruined. Some snuggle sacks and things have got those plastic stiffener things in them, which hold the entrance open, and I don't know what would happen to them in a hot wash.

What do other people do?
 

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I have washed my cosies at 60 before, but all the wadding and nice shape was completely ruined. So I would stick to 40.
 

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40degC is not sufficient to get rid of mites and other mcioorganisms/spores.I prefer to wash bedding at 60 and accept my cosies will not last very long. . I also put Vanish oxy-action powder in the wash.

As an alternative I have also done the following in order to wash at 40degC - I pre-soak the bedding in F10 disinfectant (kills bacteria and fungal) and rinse prior to putting it in the wash. If my pigs are being treated for mites - I also add lyclear shampoo to the pre-soak..

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Washing at 40 C is not safe long term because it doesn't prevent the build-up of bugs and bacteria. Please do not add any disinfectant directly to the wash.

I wash my cosies mostly at 60 C and rather replace them from time to time.
 

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Thankyou @Wiebke and @Pebble

I must admit, I didn't think 40c would be hot enough to kill mites, spores, etc. I prefer to wash as much of our own laundry as possible at 60c, and I'd rather do the same for the pigs. Just looks as though I'll have to accept that the cosies won't last as long.
 

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Has anyone tried the dettol laundry cleanser? Would that work for killing spores etc or not?
 

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I wash mine at 60 too same as the fleece and towels. I like to make sure all the nasties are killed. :)
 

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Has anyone tried the dettol laundry cleanser? Would that work for killing spores etc or not?
More people have been encouraged to favour low wash temperatures over the last few years and don't realise that, washing isn;t just to remov stains but also mcirotgorganisms. Whilst washing powders are all re-formulatd to remove stains at lower temps, the bacteria can remain,
The laundry sanitiser product is geared towards coliform bacteria and some respiratory viruses that may remain behind in a low temperature wash with normal washing powder eg kids blankets.
It does not kill furngal spores including ringworm -the only disinfectant that has been shown to do this is F10. It does not kill mites or their eggs - the insects can be killed with eg lyclear shampoo and the only way to get rid of the eggs is to wash at high temperature, tumble dry and then iron.
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More people have been encouraged to favour low wash temperatures over the last few years and don't realise that, washing isn;t just to remov stains but also mcirotgorganisms. Whilst washing powders are all re-formulatd to remove stains at lower temps, the bacteria can remain,
The laundry sanitiser product is geared towards coliform bacteria and some respiratory viruses that may remain behind in a low temperature wash with normal washing powder eg kids blankets.
It does not kill furngal spores including ringworm -the only disinfectant that has been shown to do this is F10. It does not kill mites or their eggs - the insects can be killed with eg lyclear shampoo and the only way to get rid of the eggs is to wash at high temperature, tumble dry and then iron.
HTH
xx
Thank you for this info! I'll continue washing at 60 to be on the safe side.
 
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