As we enter an unprecedented time in human history, it’s natural to be concerned for your family. As such, you may be taking the time to re-evaluate the things you do at home to stay safe…

With flu season also fast approaching, we take a look at how to ensure your laundry isn’t the source of any contamination.

Firstly, it’s important to know that soap – including laundry soap – impacts the ‘fatty layer’ which almost all viruses have

This is why simply washing your hands is so effective – and it is the same for fabric too. It’s important, however, that the soap has time to work, so longer cycles are preferred.

Likewise, most viruses, bacteria and germs will die in hotter water. That doesn’t mean you need to boil every wash, but if you have reason to believe you may have been exposed to a contamination source, opt for the hottest heat the fabric can withstand.

Lastly, adding a capful of (chlorine) bleach to the load will also help kill anything unpleasant clinging to the fabric. Of course, you can’t use it on every fabric, but you can use your discretion as to whether it’s required.

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Dealing with COVID 19 specifically, the good news is that it doesn’t live very long on soft clothing anyway, having a longer lifespan on hard, non-absorbent surfaces. Experts currently suggest its life on cloth is less than a day.

Normal laundry procedures are more than enough to help keep your family safe day-to-day

If the clothes come up visually clean, you know they’ll be cleaned of uglies too. If you have Covid-19 specific concerns, opt for the hottest wash possible, and add diluted bleach to the wash if you can, for some extra peace of mind.