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Disinfecting Laundry

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Bacteria can multiply in laundry prior to washing. You may wish to disinfect the the wash load as part of the cleaning process. This is a guide about disinfecting laundry.
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By 0 found this helpful
April 15, 2010

I have looked for some way of disinfecting laundry other than whites that bleach can be add to. I have a child with an immune deficiency and need to fine something I can add to her colored clothes to disinfect them.

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I know back in the day my mom used Lysol. It calls for a cup to each load and it smells. I have found everything for clothes, but something for disinfecting. We can send a man to moon why can't I keep this child clothing germ free? You can fine more about Ciarra on my profile

By Sonja from Carrollton, KY

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April 15, 20100 found this helpful

Ok let see... is a bar of natural soap, Borax and washing soda ok? Because I make my own Laundry Detergent maybe if you add a little bit of vinegar into the mix this could work.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 24, 2007

Is it safe NOT to disinfect dishcloths that are only used with disinfecting dish washing liquid? My boyfriend has not washed his dish cloth EVER. He says doesn't need to since the dish washing liquid disinfects it anyway. I say EEWWW!

Bren

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June 25, 20070 found this helpful

He should throw that one out and get a new one!!
I've heard that if you put your dish cloth in the micro for like 30 seconds it will kill all of the germs and bacteria on it.
Anyhow, if he doesn't want to spend the money, just tell him to go to the local dollar store where he can get 5 for like $2.50!!!

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June 26, 20070 found this helpful

Throw it out while he isn't looking and replace it with a new one. The kitchen sink has more germs than the toilet. Believe it. I replace my dish rag once a week. Do you or your boyfriend get sick a lot? The culprit is the dish rag.

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June 26, 20070 found this helpful

That dish soap is only a disintectant when used for washing your HANDS. (It's usually printed in fine print right on the bottle). Has nothing to do w/ sanitizing dishes or the dish rag. Soak that rag in a weak bleach solution at least once per week, can do this right in the cleaned sink, which will sanitize the sink also. (dilution amounts are on the bleach bottle). Or launder the dish rag in the machine w/ kitchen towels, whichI also wash w/ bleach (white towels w/ blue stripe at bottom don't fade). There has been some controversy about sanitizing sponges / rags in the microwave & especially in the dishwasher (the remaining soap suds are not good for the dishwasher over time), and experts are saying these methods may not kill germs. They do still recommend the method(s) I wrote here, soaking or washing in the clothes washer w/ bleach. Show your boyfriend these replies.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 27, 20070 found this helpful

I don't care what kind of dish soap he uses, it isn't going to kill all the germs lurking in that nasty dishcloth. I mean it has residue of food and who knows what all that is growing bacteria. I change my dishcloth every couple days to be on the safe side. He's being sort of lazy not to want to wash it. You are right to say EWWWWW!

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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

My bottle of dish soap reads that it "fights bacteria on hands when used as a hand soap." So maybe it's not killing off bacteria anywhere else. Besides, doesn't it smell?

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June 27, 20071 found this helpful

I use a clean dishcloth EVERY day and sometimes twice a day if I am doing a lot of dishes. Then I wash them along with the dishtowels (which I also use a clean one every day) in hot water with bleach.

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The amount of germs on his dishcloth must be astronomical!! Please throw it away and buy him some new ones. I keep my kitchen and bathroom exceptionally clean and my family is hardly EVER sick. Good luck!

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 4, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you all for the replies. I showed my boyfriend, and he STILL thinks he has nothing to worry about, since he never gets sick. By the way, his dishcloth is part of an old flannel shirt, lol. Apparently he has a strong immune system. When I visit him, I use a paper towel with dish soap to wash the dishes.

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July 4, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you all for the replies. I showed my boyfriend, and he STILL thinks he has nothing to worry about, since he never gets sick. By the way, his dishcloth is part of an old flannel shirt, lol. Apparently he has a strong immune system. When I visit him, I use a paper towel with dish soap to wash the dishes.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 26, 2007

Does Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent kill 99.9% of bacteria?

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September 27, 20070 found this helpful

No, only bleach and ammonia will kill 99.99% of bacteria.

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September 28, 20070 found this helpful

I always check the box or container to see what it does. If what you are looking for is not there, it doesn't do it.

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September 28, 20070 found this helpful

I had a microbiology professer that told us about a mouthwash's bacteria-killing TV claims. Ads boasted 99.9% of bacteria was killed.

He delved into it, and it was not quite so simple! I forget the exact numbers, but one had to hold the mouthwash in the mouth for something like 19 hours for it to kill 99.9% of the bacteria!

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