Your dirty laundry may actually be even dirtier after you wash it. That’s because experts says, your washer is teeming with germs that find their way onto your clothes and then onto you.
A research conducted found that if you wash a load of just underwear, there will be about 100 million E. coli in the wash water, and they can be transmitted to the next load of laundry.
Fecal matter can carry a number of different germs, including the hepatitis A virus, norovirus, rotavirus, salmonella and E. coli.Also bacteria from the skin, such as staphylococcus can be found on clothing and towels.
Are Detergents The Answer?
You may have been relying on your detergent to get rid of all the dirt and germs, but if you’re not using bleach or very hot water, you’re not killing the bacteria .They’re getting on your hands and staying in the washing machine.
Most of the hot water people use is not hot enough. You need water that’s between 140 and 150 degrees to kill germs.But If you’re using cold water,washing your hands after you handle wet clothes is of significance,especially if you’re washing children’s clothes.
Getting Rid Of Germs In Laundry
Children’s clothes, especially their undergarments, tend to carry a lot more things.Using the right concentration of bleach will kill the bacteria, but using bleach isn’t always appropriate, such as when you wash lingerie or colored clothing.
Another option is to periodically clean your washer with bleach and water without any clothing in it.Just let the machine go through its regular cycle.
One of the most effective germ-killers is the sun. Scientists say to avoid the dryer and let your clothes dry in the sun since the ultraviolet radiation kills germs as effective as bleach.
Germs Around You
A washer is just one of many germ-laden objects that you may encounter in a given day.Handrails, ATM’s, refrigerator handles and telephone handsets are among the others.
Despite the huge number of germs you may come into contact with during the day, most of what the ones you’ll encounter are harmless.
From more than 60,000 kinds of germs, only one to two percent of them are potentially pathogenic.
Clean Hands And Common Sense
The key is to wash your hands the right way. According to health experts, that means wetting your hands with water, washing all surfaces of the hands – including between the fingers and underneath the nails – rinsing and then repeating the cycle all over again.
If you use a public bathroom to wash your hands, avoid touching faucets or door handles. Use paper towels to open or close faucets and doors, then use the towel to open the door, and then throw the towel in the trash outside the bathroom.
As long as you use common sense and are aware of all the bacteria that could be around you, you can easily avoid getting sick!