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How to do laundry properly in the time of COVID-19

By Rey Robes Ilagan


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your home, including clothing, towels, linens, and other items that go into the laundry. As advised by the CDC, household members should educate themselves first about COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the virus in the household.

Modern Laundry room

CDC highlighted these guidelines:

Do not shake dirty laundry.
This minimizes the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air.

Wash items in accordance with the directions.
If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items, and dry items completely. Please note that dirty laundry that has been in contact with an infected person can safely be washed with other people’s items.

The hotter the wash, the better.
Experts recommend washing items at a temperature of at least 140 degrees.

Use the dryer.
Viruses hate heat, and drying clothes will further prevent the spread of the disease. Also, as an extra layer of protection, you can steam your clothes after.

Use the right amount of soap.
Too much soap creates excess suds that enable dirt and grime to remain trapped inside the fabric. The right amount of soap will properly clean and then be rinsed from the clothing.

Clean and disinfect clothes baskets, carts, and hampers.
Clean these items as often as possible and use a bag liner, if available.

If you come in contact with an ill person, the CDC recommends you wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry and then discard after each use. If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces for COVID-19, and should not be used for other household purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed. If no gloves are used when handling dirty laundry, be sure to wash hands afterward.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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