Tips for Washing Clothes to Prevent Contamination During the Corona Pandemic

We are reminded again to always maintain our hygiene during the pandemic, including the clothes we wear. The reason is, researchers have reminded us that this virus can survive for hours on various surfaces including clothing. As a result, washing activities must be carried out properly to prevent contamination. Launching Bustle, Mary Johnson, a scientist at Tide and Downy said that everyday clothes can be washed in cold water with an appropriate dose of detergent. Underwear, outerwear, sportswear, towels, and bedsheets may need extra treatment by washing them in warm water (about 60 degrees Celsius or higher) with an appropriate dose of detergent. However, if you are unsure whether clothes are safe to wash with hot water and bleach, you should not just guess so that the clothes don’t get damaged. Read the garment care label for recommended washing instructions. Don’t forget to always monitor the maintenance of your washing machine regularly with WM Repair Dxb services.

Besides, it is important to follow the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on how to wash clothes during this pandemic, namely if handling dirty laundry of sick people, wear disposable gloves and throw them away after use. Reusable gloves are fine, but they should be dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting COVID-19 surfaces. Wash hands immediately after removing gloves. If no gloves are used when handling dirty laundry, always wash your hands afterward. If possible, do not throw in dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of spreading the virus through the air.

If you have certain clothes that require hand washing, make sure to use warm water that is approved by the care label (at least 27 degrees Celsius) with the right amount of high-quality detergent. Let the clothes soak for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing them clean. Also, follow the care label instructions for drying, but if allowed, dry them completely in the tumble dryer.

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