Delicate fabrics and high energy bills mean that a lot of us wash our laundry at home on a lower temperature. While this can help reduce the cost of energy, not all temperatures kill germs, so there is the risk of bacteria and other germs surviving or being passed from one item of clothing to another.
Some key pieces of clothing and laundry to be mindful of, because they are more likely to harbour germs and bacteria, include the following:
- Baby bibs
- Baby onesies
- Gym clothes
- Towels and bath mats
- Bed linen and pillow cases
Below are some tips which will help you make sure your family’s laundry is clean and germ-free.
Use a Laundry Cleanser
Including an antibacterial laundry cleanser, such as Dettol, in your wash is a great way to be confident that your clothes are really clean.
- Using a laundry cleanser will help kill any bacteria on your clothes even when you wash on a lower temperature, and get rid of any bacteria that your regular detergent may have left behind. When used as directed, Dettol® AntiBacterial Laundry Cleanser kills 99.9% of bacteria.
- If you wash your baby’s clothes with your household laundry, use a laundry cleanser to be sure that any bacteria is killed.
Wash your towels separately
Towels, dishcloths and bath mats are a magnet for germs and bacteria, so it’s important to look after them properly.
- Wash your bathroom towels, bath mats and dishcloths once a week. Make sure you wash bathroom and kitchen towels separately, as well as from the rest of your laundry.
- Try adding a laundry cleanser to your wash, to make sure your towels stay fresh, hygienic and bacteria free.
Change your bed linen once a week
Bed linen can be home to a whole host of germs and bacteria, so what is the best way to keep your sheets clean and hygienic?
- You should try to change your bed linen once a week and clean it separately from your other laundry, if possible.
- Similar to your towels, it’s a good idea to add an antibacterial laundry cleanser to the machine when you are washing your bed linen to make sure any bacteria is killed, even on a cooler wash.
Hang it up straight away
Leaving wet laundry in the machine, even for a short amount of time, can cause germs and bacteria to flourish and multiply quickly. You should make sure:
- You hang your laundry up to dry straight away
- If your damp clothes sit in the washing machine for more than 30 minutes, you may want to run a second cycle with a laundry cleanser to be sure that any bacteria is killed.
Keep your washing machine clean
If you want your laundry to be hygienically clean, it goes without saying how important it is to keep your washing machine clean, too.
- A quick wipe of the washer drum with a disinfectant wipe before putting your laundry on is an effective way to quickly freshen up your machine.
- For a deeper clean you should use a washing machine cleaner every 2 months. This will reach hidden areas of the machine that you can’t get to and will help to kill germs and stop bad odours.
So there you have it. Hopefully, these tips ensure your family’s laundry is as clean as possible. One final tip, which is less for your laundry and more for you, is remembering to always wash your hands with soap and warm water after handling dirty laundry to make sure any germs washed off.