It's likely that you already know this, but it doesn't hurt to repeat. When coming home from an outdoor errand, always make it a point to remove your clothing, separate them using a laundry bin for clothes you wore outside, and wash as soon as you can. It is possible that germs, including the virus that causes COVID-19, can be transmitted through contaminated clothing and towels.
While there's no saying how long the virus can live on fabrics, you can help reduce your risk of exposure by doing your laundry right. Try doing the following on your next laundry day:
1. Don't shake your unwashed laundry
Shaking your dirty clothes will increase the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air, so leave them be until you actually have to wash them. Make sure to disinfect your laundry bag or basket after use, but if you have the budget, consider storing them in a disposable bag instead.
2. Use a germ- and virus-fighting laundry detergent
It's good to do your research before deciding on a laundry detergent brand, but if you don't want to take any chances, use Ariel—its formula deep cleans to remove virus (as tested only on influenza virus but not tested on SARS-CoV-2) and 99.9% of germs (based on technical tests of one representative germ (k.pneumoniae) on cotton), and provides 24-hour germ protection after washing.
Ariel also comes highly recommended by top microbiologists as it is in fact being endorsed by the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM), which says a lot about its germ-fighting capabilities.
Even celebrity mom Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla raves about Ariel. Here's what she says about the product:
3. Try doing your laundry in warm water
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing your clothes using the warmest appropriate water setting tolerable, since most viruses are more likely to thrive in cold and humid environments. Besides, heat is one of the best ways of rendering viruses inactive.
4. Dry your laundry thoroughly after washing
Viruses spread more easily on wet surfaces than dry ones, but you can help avoid this by thoroughly drying your laundry right after washing. If you own a dryer, put it to good use—the hot air in it can dry your laundry quicker than the sunlight. One more thing: Don't forget to disinfect your washing machine and dryer after use!
5. Wash your hands right after doing your laundry
Just because you're done washing your clothes doesn't mean your hands are no longer contaminated by the virus. For good measure, always wash your hands with soap and water or disinfect them using an alcohol-based hand rub right after doing your laundry. Given the current situation, something as simple as post-chore handwashing can make a big difference.
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