How to disinfect clothes

How clean are your clothes? These handy tips on how to disinfect clothes will ensure your clothes are germ-free!


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Key Steps:

  1. Always check the care label of your garment for specific washing instructions.
  2. Wash your clothes with a good quality laundry detergent containing bleach, like Persil bio washing powder.
  3. Follow the instructions recommended on the label of your detergent.
  4. When a member of your family has an infectious illness, wash at higher temperatures, like 60°C, or a temperature setting as high as the garment care label allows.

Whether it’s after a bout of flu or simply for all round cleanliness in the home, it is important to keep the household free of germs. Knowing how to disinfect clothes can come in very useful.

Using a detergent that contains bleach, like Persil bio washing powder, is a good way to disinfect clothes, but it might not be suitable for all situations. Follow these steps to make sure you have clean, germ-free clothes:

If someone in your home has been ill recently, then it’s best to wash their clothes as soon as possible instead of letting germs linger in the laundry basket. Wash them separately on a 60°C cycle with a detergent that contains bleach, like Persil Bio Washing Powder. Check the label on the detergent and clothes label first.

Disinfecting Clothes: A How-To Guide

  • Try not to overload your washing machine. A smaller load will allow the water and the cleaning products to move more freely around the drum and to work more evenly on the clothing.
  • It is also a good idea to separate the load. If any clothing is particularly soiled, it is advisable to separate from the standard items to be washed. This is always a good idea, if possible, when it comes to underwear. This will prevent the relatively unsoiled clothes from being exposed to more germs in the process of cleaning.
  • Read the care labels on the clothing first of all, to check for any temperature/time limits, or any guidance on bleach or detergents to use.
  • Set your washing cycle at as high a temperature as possible – we advise 60°C.
  • Standard laundry detergent containing bleach, like Persil bio washing powder, can be used in order to wash the clothes. Always read the label on the detergent before using. If you have hard water, slightly more detergent than usual may be needed. If you don’t have Persil bio powder, then try a laundry detergent that doesn’t contain bleach alongside a laundry additive like oxygen bleach. (Again, be sure to read the directions on the label first.)
  • Finally, ensure that the washing machine itself remains free from germs. Find out more information on how to clean a washing machine here.

There you have it: disinfecting your clothes isn’t an epic mission – you can simply use products you have at home already to safely clean your clothes. Give it a go yourself and keep your household healthy!

For more information on the ingredients in products mentioned in this tip, visit What’s in Unilever Products here.

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