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A study looking at what lives on children’s clothes and other items before and after washing has revealed that the spread of playground infections may happen in the laundry basket.

The nationwide study, undertaken in conjunction with NetMums, exposed school pants and jumpers as harbouring the highest levels of bacterial contamination after being washed at 40°C 1. These findings are the latest addition to a growing bank of scientific research that shows how low temperature washing is not killing the germs and bacteria on common laundry items.

Home hygiene expert Dr Lisa Ackerley is urging parents to ensure school uniforms are hygienically washed and laundered – just one of the simple preventable actions parents can undertake this cold & flu season.

“People have this notion that simply putting dirty clothes into a washing machine will kill all bacteria, but that's simply not the case. Contagious bacteria and viruses such as Influenza and E.coli can survive low temperature washing, increasing the potential risk of infection for your family. If you don’t want to use a hot wash for your laundry, get it hygienically clean with a disinfectant such as Dettol Anti bacterial Laundry Cleanser, an additive proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria in temperatures as low as 15°C.




1 National Laundry Study 2013 - UK microbiology research lab conducted on behalf of RB