Washers and dryers should be sanitized if they have been immersed in flood water. After appliances have been reconditioned, sanitize them as follows:
1. Pour a disinfectant (ammonia, chlorine, pine oil or phenolic) into the empty washing machine. Then complete a 15 minute cycle at the hot water setting.
1. Unplug the dryer and wipe the drum with a cloth dipped in disinfectant solution. Be sure to wipe all areas of the drum and dryer door.
2. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clear water.
3. Leave the dryer door open until all parts are thoroughly dry--preferably overnight.
About The Author: This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus, with reference from the USDA Disaster Handbook.
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