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  • Bacteria Stay On Clothes, Too: 3 Ways To Stop The Spread Of Germs

Bacteria Stay On Clothes, Too: 3 Ways To Stop The Spread Of Germs
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  • We all love the feeling of soft, clean, freshly washed clothes, but did you know that even these might not be as clean as they look or smell?

    Yes, sweat and stain stick on our clothes, but so do germs that can cause illnesses. Something as mundane as handling the laundry or sharing outfits can facilitate the spread of bacteria from one person to another.

    Germs in dirty laundry don’t just die as soon as they’re washed, either. When clothes are not laundered following proper guidelines, germs can still spread from one piece of clothing to another as they tumble in the wash or are scrubbed in the palanggana.

    Have peace of mind knowing that the clothes you and your family wear are germ-free. Keep these tips in mind the next time you do the laundry:

    1. Separate heavily soiled items from the rest of the laundry.

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    Just as you would separate de-kolor from whites, make it a habit to separate lightly soiled clothes from heavily soiled ones.

    Don’t just throw them in the hamper–scrape off poop, vomit, or any stain from the item first and flush those down the toilet. You may use gloves or not, but whatever you do, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterward.

    2. Opt for a detergent that’s tough on stains.

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    Make sure to use a laundry detergent that can remove stains faster and help kill germs. You can pick one either in powder or liquid form, depending on your chosen method of washing.

    3. Dry your clothes in high heat.

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    Hanging the laundry under the sun doesn’t just dry the clothes–it kills germs, too, thanks to ultraviolet light’s disinfection properties, according to a professor of microbiology in the US. The same expert also says that alternatively, if you have a dryer with a heater, turn it up to high heat and run it for at least 28 minutes to kill germs effectively.

    So, moms and dads, follow these steps to help create a safe space for you and your family at home!

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