Studies show that washing machines can be a haven for viruses & bacteria! This guide helps you keep clothes clean and germ-free.
When you need to clean and disinfect fabric – either because of mold or mildew, or to prevent spread of 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 dirtier after you wash them!
How to keep your clothes germ-free
1. Clean & disinfect your washing machine regularly
Your washing machine can be a haven for viruses and bacteria, either through the moisture build-up or from dirty clothes such as underwear and towels. To prevent germs lingering in your washing machine which can transfer to your clothes, you need to clean and disinfect your washing machine. Read more about cleaning your washing machine here. We recommend the trusty Domex! If you don’t have it available, vinegar will work. And, make sure you air out the washing machine after disinfection.
2. Organize and sort your dirty laundry
If possible, don’t put your regular daily clothes in the same laundry basket as your sweaty workout clothes, underwear, and bath and facial towels.
3. Use a laundry detergent that kills germs
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An antibacterial detergent keeps your clothes germ-free. We recommend the Breeze Antibacterial Powder Detergent especially for clothes used outside the house and for workouts!
4. Wash using hot water
Hot water and detergent combined are a great way to tackle lingering bacteria and germs. But, make sure your fabrics can handle it- hot water can make sweaters shrink.
5. Tumble-dry or hang in the sun
Tumble dry clothes to give the germs a final blast! If you don’t have a dryer or if you can’t tumble-dry the clothes that can’t be tumble-dried, one of the most effective tools for eliminating germs is the sun, so put your washing out on the line to dry in the natural sunlight whenever the weather gives you the opportunity. Maaraw na! So make the most of it.
As always, make sure you read clothing labels before washing clothes, just to be sure!
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