Our Clothes — Could Virus be Clinging? Here’s How to Wash.

Micro-droplets do settle on fabrics, and will be trapped in the fibers. How should we launder clothes we’ve worn while shopping for groceries, at work, etc.?  Although research isn’t finished, the following reflects what some experts, including doctors and epidemiologists, have stated.

If you’ve been in a crowded area, remove your clothes as soon as you get home and put it in a separate bag from your other laundry.  If you’ve been using your elbows or sleeves to touch things in public, wash your outerwear or whatever you wore in that bag.

Don’t forget your shoes.  When you’ve been in public, don’t walk all over the house in those shoes unless you sanitize them first.  Your pets and children will be touching the floor.

You’ve probably read that COVID 19 can remain active on hard surfaces for up to four days.  Remember that buttons, zippers, etc., are made of hard plastic and/or metal.

Do laundry regularly, especially if you are having to work around others or be in public…Don’t let laundry pile up.  Wash outerwear too—jackets, etc.  Wash clothes in warm or hot water:  at least 80 degrees.  Boiling them isn’t needed.  Use a detergent with a bleach compound if your clothes can handle it.  And wash the clothing of any sick members of the family separately from the rest.

If you must visit the laundromat, sanitize (by wiping the exterior of the machines you are about to use) before starting.  Sanitize the countertop if you’ll be folding them there, too, plus anything else you’ll be touching much.  And don’t be shy about telling other customers to stay 6 feet away.  Don’t worry about insides of washers/dryers…heat will deactivate the virus.

Hand washing is also effective so long as you can get the temperature above 80 degrees.

If you’ve been in a crowded area, remove your clothes as soon as you get home and put it in a separate bag from your other laundry.  If you’ve been using your elbows or sleeves to touch things in public, wash your outerwear or whatever you wore in that bag.

Don’t forget your shoes.  When you’ve been in public, don’t walk all over the house in those shoes unless you sanitize them first.  Your pets and children will be touching the floor.

To read Coutney Leiva’s full article, click here:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-long-coronavirus-live-clothing-washing_l_5e724927c5b6eab779409e74