A close-up of the temperature on a washing machine being turned down to 30 degrees.

The 30°C Commandment

Washing your laundry at a low 30°C takes less of a toll on your clothes and allows your household to be more environmentally friendly. Even at such a low temperature, the advanced cleaning power of OMO detergents ensures proper stain removal . Here’s our guide to washing at 30°C:

  • If it’s a tough stain, get it in the washing machine before the stain has dried.
  • Sort your clothes by temperature, colour and fabric (according to the care labels).
  • The temperature on the care label refers to the highest temperature the item can be washed at without being damaged, but you can wash it at a lower temperature to save electricity.
  • Grass, food or grease stain? Instead of wasting energy washing a stubborn stained garment twice, wash the item at the highest temperature indicated on the care label, along with other items that can handle this heat.
  • If one family member has a cold, wash their items separately at the highest temperature on the care label using OMO. This will help kill germs and prevent the infection from spreading.
  • Always wash dark clothes separately, even when washing at a low temperature.
  • For clothes that are less soiled, select a 30°C cycle specific to the fabric. By using the incorrect cycle setting clothing may not be cleaned properly and may get damaged.
  • Always do a full load of laundry to be as energy efficient as possible. Group garments together that can be washed using the same cycle. Don’t overload the machine either, as this may lead to the clothes not being washed properly.
  • It’s important to use the right OMO product to get the most effective results. For example, silks and wools need OMO Auto Liquid. Check the packaging for clear directions or contact OMO if you have any questions.
  • Using the right amount of OMO detergent means your clothes will be perfectly clean first time round. This, of course, means you’re saving water, energy and laundry detergent. Follow the instructions on pack and use the correct amount of laundry detergent. How much detergent you should use depends on the size of your machine, water hardness in your area and the state of the clothing.
  • Help the environment by choosing OMO Auto Liquid, which uses less packaging and less energy!
  • Use the highest spin the items can handle if your machine has a separate spin selector. This will mean less drying time needed.
  • Unpleasant smells are caused by bacteria growing on fabrics that have been lying in a bundle while wet for an extended period of time.
  • Save energy by drying clothes out on the line, instead of using a tumble dryer.
  • To prevent bacteria from growing in your washing machine, do an empty wash at 40°C or higher once a week using OMO.


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