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Is Your Laundry Really Clean?

Delicate fabrics and high energy bills mean that a lot of us wash our laundry at home at a lower temperature. While this can help reduce the cost of energy, not all temperatures kill germs, so there is the risk of bacteria and other germs surviving, or being passed from one item of clothing to another.

Adult placing soiled linen into washing machine

Laundry is likely to harbor germs and bacteria

Some key pieces of clothing and laundry are more likely to harbor germs and bacteria including:

 

  • Baby bibs and onesies
  • Underwear
  • Gym clothes
  • Towels and bath mats
  • Bed linen and pillow cases
  • Blankets

 

Below are some tips to help make sure your family's laundry is clean and germ free.

Keep your washing machine clean

If you want your laundry to be hygienically clean, it goes without saying how important it is to keep your washing machine clean, too.

 

  • A quick wipe of the washer drum with a Lysol® Disinfectant Wipe before putting your laundry on is an effective way to quickly freshen up your machine.
  •  For a deeper clean you should use a washing machine cleaner every 2 months. This will reach hidden areas of the machine that you can’t get to, and will help to kill germs and stop bad odors.

One final tip, remember to always wash your hands with soap and warm water after handling dirty laundry to make sure any germs are washed off!

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