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How to Kill Germs in the Laundry

February 06, 2019

How to Kill Germs in the Laundry

Five Laundry Tips from Better Home Clean 

You probably think that when you are washing clothing and other fabric items that the items are free of dirt and grime, but this isn’t always true. Here are some of the best ways to eliminate the germs that can make you ill or that can infect your skin. Here are five tips for eliminating the bacteria and viruses in your laundry. 

Tip 1: Sorting Your Laundry 

If you are tossing undergarments and dress shirts into the same load in your washer, then you are spreading some very nasty germs to your shirts. Before washing clothing, sort things carefully into different baskets so that you don’t mix undergarments with other clothing. You may want to separate children’s garments such as diapers from adult clothing to avoid wearing a blouse that is covered with the germs from urine or fecal matter. 

Tip 2: Hand Wash Some Items 

Washing things in the sink by hand can eliminate a lot of the germs from your clothing before you mix the items together in a washing machine. When you hand wash garments, you can apply hand soap to dirty areas to remove extra dirt and grime. Make sure to rinse out the sink frequently with hot water and hand soap to eliminate germs to prevent any contamination. 

Tip 3: Use Germ Fighting Cleansers 

When you are washing bed linens or pajamas that someone wore while she was ill, it is essential to use cleansers such as bleach, hydrogen peroxide or anti-bacterial hand soap. This can destroy germs to keep other family members from getting sick from contamination. While this process can take more time, it is better to prevent additional illnesses from spreading in your home. 

Tip 4: Buy Anti-bacterial Laundry Detergent 

When you buy germ fighting anti-bacterial laundry detergent, you can use it on bedding, bathroom linens and undergarments along with infant diapers or anything else that is contaminated with viruses and bacteria. You can use this type of laundry detergent for some loads of laundry while using a different variety for the rest of your clothing. 

Tip 5: Use Hot Water for Washing and High Heat for Drying 

Hot water while washing laundry and high heat while drying laundry will help you to destroy germs. This is one of the most popular germ fighting methods while you are washing and drying laundry.
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