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Tips for disinfecting your clothes during COVID-19

March 20, 2020

While many of us are staying indoors and practicing social distancing, there are many people who simply don't have that luxury and must leave their home for things like work or going to the store to pick up essentials. So, if you do have to venture out during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to consider what to do once you come back. By now, we know that washing our hands for at least 20 seconds is essential, as is disinfecting travel items like your phone, keys, and credit cards. One thing we’re not quite sure about these days, though, is what we should be doing with our clothes that we wore outside. 

Here are some tips:

  1. Take your clothes off as soon as you enter your home. This will limit the spread of germs that may be on your clothes. Put those clothes immediately in to the wash. It is OK to wash these clothes with other clothes.
  2. Wash your clothes using the warmest appropriate water setting possible (preferably above 167 degrees) and dry items completely. As for the laundry process itself, it’s key that you remember to wash your hands before touching anything, wear disposable gloves, and then wash your hands again immediately once you take them off.
  3. It is recommends that you clean and disinfect — which are two different procedures — any surfaces where dirty clothing, linens, and towels were stored prior to washing, like for example, your hamper. If possible, placing a disposable bag liner into the hamper rather than simply tossing dirty laundry into the bin is also suggested.