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Doing Laundry Safely in the Pandemic

Doing Laundry Safely in the Pandemic
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By    |   Monday, 23 March 2020 04:19 PM

Experts say it’s important to disinfect household items, including your clothes, during this crisis. According to Huffpost, articles of clothing can hold respiratory droplets by which the virus is spread, and scientists are still learning just long it can last on certain materials. Some suggest that the virus can last for hours, particularly on polyester or spandex-like materials.

Saralyn Mark  of the American Medical Women’s Association, senior medical adviser to Health and Human Services, tells Bustle that it’s important to practice good clothing hygiene.

“If one is living with a person who is vulnerable—age, pre-existing conditions—it may be worthwhile to change your clothing once inside your home and wash these items.”

Public health specialist Carol Winner and other experts offer these tips on how to sanitize your clothes and wash them the proper way to help kill germs:

  • Whenever possible use the hottest setting on your washing machine and give clothes extra time in the dryer.
  • Wash clothes in detergents that contain a bleach compound, advises Rodney E. Rohde, chair and professor of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Texas State University.
  • If you need to handwash, make sure the water temperature is above 80-degree Fahrenheit, advises Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, a family and emergency care physician, who prefers using a washing machine even for delicate items.
  • Wash a sick person’s clothes separately. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wear gloves when handling the laundry of someone who is ill and avoid shaking dirty laundry to reduce the chances of dispersing the virus through the air.
  • If you don’t have your own washer and dryer, your need to take extra precautions. Experts advise wearing gloves when you go to a laundromat and sanitizing all of the shared spaces.
  • Use approved, corona virus fighting products.  American Chemistry has compiled a list of products to use against emerging viral pathogens and COVID-19.

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