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How to Keep Laundry Prestine Clean During the Pandemic?

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You probably don’t think of laundry as a vector for disease, but COVID-19 can survive on clothes and other surfaces for hours or even days. It’s important to take some basic steps to minimize the risk of transmission, especially if you live with someone at high risk for severe illness.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the simplest and most effective ways to avoid transmitting COVID-19 and other diseases through your laundry. It’s almost impossible to make your clothes completely sterile. However, these tips will help you minimize the risk of infection and keep your family safe so they can wear workout clothes, loungewear pieces, and everything in between worry-free.

Use a Washing Machine

There’s no official recommendation against washing clothes by hand, but machines generally use extremely hot water. The CDC does recommend using a high temperature, so it’s worth using a washing machine if you have one. If you need to wash by hand, wash with the hottest water you can comfortably use.

It’s even more important to use hot water if you or someone in your home is showing symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19. You should use the hottest possible setting for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Avoid Laundromats

You may need to use a laundromat if you don’t have a washing machine in your home, but washing your clothes in public obviously increases the risk of infection. If you have access to a private washing machine, this is a substantially safe option.

On the other hand, if you don’t have another choice, you can still reduce your risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19 by taking a few precautionary measures. Wear gloves and a mask, disinfect any surfaces, and try not to touch your face (at least until you’ve returned home and washed your hands).

Social distancing guidelines recommend staying at least six feet away from others, and you should wash whatever you wore to the laundromat after coming home. Keep in mind that you’re at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 when outside your home, and you’ll be touching several public surfaces at the laundromat.

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Handling Potentially Infected Clothes

If someone in your home may have coronavirus, it’s crucial to be cautious when touching their clothes, bedding, or any other surfaces they could have touched. Make sure to wear disposable sanitary gloves when handling their laundry, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you’re done.

Fortunately, you don’t need to separate a sick person’s laundry while washing, as sufficiently hot water, will remove any possibility of infection. That said, you should still thoroughly disinfect and clean any hampers that have come into contact with clothes that may be infected.

COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly over the last few weeks and months, but the curve has started to slow down due to widespread testing, social distancing, and other factors. These tips will help you keep your laundry sterile and avoid infecting others both inside your home and within your community.

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