Temperature Guide for Washing and Drying

One of the biggest issues we see with student laundry here at Circuit is that most residents of uni accommodation aren’t washing or drying their clothes at the right temperatures. Too cold and you won’t get your clothes clean; too hot and you run the risk of turning your favourite dress into a t-shirt. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide to help you wash and dry your laundry like a pro.

It goes without saying that you should always check the label; if you don’t know what the symbols on your clothing tags mean, check out our Laundry Help page for more information.


Don’t just chuck everything in at 30C – while it might seem easier, you won’t be properly caring for your clothes, which will all have different requirements for washing. Whites and cotton fabrics (this includes bedding) should be washed at 60C, while colours should be washed at 40C to prevent fading. Synthetic items, such as tights or workout clothing, should be washed at 40C as well. Delicate items, like underwear, should be washed at 30C in a mesh bag to keep them from snagging or tangling.


Drying your clothes in a tumble dryer is the quickest and easiest way to finish doing your laundry; no one wants to have to leave a window open in the pouring rain as they wait for their clothes to dry on a rack! However, one wrong temperature choice and you could cause shrinking or damage, and when you’re on a tight budget, buying new sheets or clothes is probably not at the top of your list.

Cotton items, like tailored shirts, jeans, bedding and towels should be dried on a cycle with a temperature of about 150-160C. Other items that are cotton blends or use synthetic fabrics should be dried at 140-150C. Silks and other delicate items should be dried at 110-120C to reduce any risk of damage.

Treat Your Clothing Right

Washing and drying your clothes at the right temperatures means that you’re taking care of them properly so that they’ll last longer. It will save you money in the long run, and as a student, every penny counts!