When you need to clean and disinfect fabric – either because of mould, mildew, or a recent illness – it’s important to know whether or not your usual laundry routine will be enough. If you’re not using the right germ killing methods, your fresh clothes may actually be even dirtier after you wash them, as the machine inadvertently aids the spread of bacteria from one item to another. So, does laundry detergent kill germs? Or does warm water kill germs? How do you make sure your clothes are as clean as they can be?
Some scientists have suggested that washing machines can become a haven for bacteria, as germs can linger behind after our dirty clothes have been washed. To avoid situations like your kitchen dishcloth spreading bacteria picked up from, (for example) raw chicken, you need to take precautions and use hot water to kill germs, using a suitable detergent to aid your cleaning mission.