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Tips to Kill Bugs & Germs in your Laundry

KILLING the BUGS – 6 tips to Banish Germs & Bugs

While washing your hands remains the most effective method, there are other steps we can all take to reduce the risk of the deadly bug spreading further.

There are certain steps you should take to make sure you are washing your clothes properly amidst a viral outbreak.

One expert said it's important to remember your clothes and towels can be a hot-bed for germs, especially if they're used by more than one person.

This is why it's key that your clothes are cleaned more than you usually would and take extra steps to stop bacteria from multiplying.

Despite this, experts are warning that washing these items at "the much revered 30 degree wash" won't necessarily be enough to kill the virus.


1. Use your local DLANZ Drycleaner and Launderer.

The easiest and most convenient way to ensure your laundry is sanitised is to take it to your Drycleaning and Laundry to your DLANZ member.

2. The hotter the better

The higher the temperature you wash your clothes in - the more likely you are to kill of any signs of viruses and bacteria.

Our core body temperature runs at an average of 37C, and provides the ideal conditions for bacteria and viruses to thrive, a warm wash will not be hot enough to kill bugs.

Most viruses won’t survive in temperatures over 60C, so opt for a hot wash for items that are particularly germ ridden and washed less often, like tea towels, bedding, bath towels, gloves, scarves, and children’s clothing.

Or wash clothes far more often.

3. Take the extra steps

There are some extra steps you can take to maximise your chances of fending off nasty viruses when you're washing your clothes.

Extreme heat and freezing temperatures can stop bacteria from multiplying, so if you’re doing laundry, take the extra steps and throw your washed items into the tumble drier for 20 minutes for some added heat and germ killing action.

Extreme heat and freezing temperatures can stop bacteria, so ironing your clothes will also work, iron temperatures can reach over 100C - not much can survive that.

For those items that are too delicate for a very hot wash, consider dry cleaning for a thorough clean.

4. Clean machines

Washing machines may be our saviours when it comes to cleaning clothes, but they should also be disinfected themselves.

Avoid contaminating your clothes with the machine itself by pouring a cup of white vinegar directly into the drum and starting a hot wash cycle of at least 60C.

This should be done every month to avoid any build up of soap, mould and bacteria.

5. Get the formula right

You may think using extra detergent will result in extra cleaning power, but too much detergent will create extra soap suds which will cling to your laundry and trap dirt there.

And excess of suds will only create further build-up of soap scum in your machine, so opt to use the recommended dosage, and when it comes to fabric softener, try giving white vinegar a go instead of chemical alternatives.

Vinegar is naturally antibacterial and works wonders at softening and freshening up clothes. Just add ½ a cup to the washing machine drawer during the rinse cycle. If you like the smell of fabric softner just add a couple of drops of essential oils to the last rinse instead.

6. Disinfect effectively

If you're sharing a house with someone who is unwell it is key you make sure everything is cleaned quickly and effectively after them.

Handle all bedding and clothing with rubber gloves and wash straight away - never leave to sit in a hamper!

Based on an article by Lucy Jones, Digital Health & Fitness Reporter
Published 11 Mar 2020 – Source: The Sun UK - SOURCE