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30°C instructions


Washing clothes at 30°C doesn't just save energy for a brighter environment - it's also kinder on your clothes. The great cleaning power of OMO detergents means it can produce brilliantly clean clothes even at low temperatures!Take a look at our guide to washing at 30°C.

  • Wash stained clothes as soon as possible - before the stain has dried out is best!
  • Always read the care label - and sort your clothes by colour, temperature and fabric
  • The care label indicates the highest temperature the garment can be washed in without damaging it, but it is perfectly OK to wash at a lower temperature to save energy
  • Wash badly stained garments separately at the maximum temperatures on their care labels, especially those with dried-on, strongly-coloured food, thick grease, heavy mud and grass stains. Otherwise you could waste energy by washing them again.
  • Separate the clothes of any ill person in the household, and wash these at the maximum temperature shown on the care label, using OMO  powder or tablets. This will give the highest level of germ kill, and help to prevent any spread of the infection.
  • Even at lower temperatures, you still need to wash dark clothes separately
  • For the less dirty clothes, choose a 30°C cycle appropriate to the fabric, e.g. silk/wool, delicates, synthetics, or cotton. Choosing the wrong cycle may damage your clothes, and will not clean as effectively.
  • Washing part loads uses energy less efficiently than a full load, so try to collect together full loads that can use the same wash cycle. Do not overload the machine though, as at 30°C this is even more likely to result in a poor wash than at higher temperatures. Follow your machine manufacturer's advice on how full your machine should be loaded.
  • Choose the appropriate OMO product for the wash load. Non-colourfast items need a OMO product, and silks and wools need OMO liquid if they are not to be damaged. Consult the pack labels if in doubt, or give the OMO helpline a call - we're here to help!
  • It's important that you use the recommended amount of detergent, as shown on the pack, for your water hardness, machine size and how dirty your clothes are. The detergent has to work harder at lower temperatures, and using too little may mean you have to wash again, wasting energy and detergent.
  • Our OMO concentrated liquid detergents also help the environment because they have less packaging and use less energy getting to the shops!
  • If your machine has a separate selector for spin speed, use the highest spin the garment will tolerate, so that less drying is needed afterwards.
  • After washing, don't allow your clothes to lie around wet any longer than you need to - bacteria can grow in the moisture, leading to unpleasant smells.
  • If the weather permits, dry your clothes outside on the line rather than tumble drying to save even more energy.
  • About once a week, do an empty wash at 40°C or higher with a bleach-containing OMO just to make sure bacteria don't have a chance to grow in your machine causing unpleasant smells.