People the world over have united in the fight against this highly contagious viral infection called Corona. It’s important and imperative that all of us pull all stops to prevent the spread of the virus. As suggested, social distancing and hygienic practices like frequent hand washing and sneezing into a tissue are some of the ways to tackle this unprecedented problem. We have all learnt about how we can effectively sanitize and disinfect our home and surroundings in this article here (How To Disinfect your Home During Coronavirus Pandemic). In this post, we will be elaborating on how to disinfect clothes during Corona virus pandemic. Let’s learn why it’s important to disinfect clothes and how to do so correctly:
Why to Disinfect Clothes During Corona Virus Pandemic?
Most flu viruses including the Corona virus germs can settle on to hard surfaces like metal, cardboard and steel surfaces for up to two to three days and on to soft surfaces like clothes for a few hours to a day. Though we have learnt the importance of sanitising and washing hands frequently, we often overlook some items that could be a potential hotbed of germs – yes, we are talking about phone and clothes. When you are venturing outside, you are probably bringing back pathogens that have probably settled down on your clothes. There is no concrete evidence that virus settles onto clothes, but it’s better to be safe than be sorry and practice disinfecting clothes as well. Please do remember that regular cleaning of clothes will prevent the spread of the disease as the virus is thought to live on the clothing for up to three days.
Clothing that you should Disinfect:
1. Daily wear clothes.
3. Bed linen
4. Hand towels.
5. Face scarf that you usually use to cover your face.
How is Coronavirus Transmitted?
Corona virus is thought to have originated from animals however, the virus gets transmitted between humans from droplets that get released from coughing and sneezing, and of course from shaking hands. The virus can also settle down to hard surfaces and soft surfaces likes clothes and shoes, and that’s why disinfecting everything is imperative and need of the hour.
How To Disinfect Clothes During Corona virus Pandemic:
- Always separate your inside clothes from your outside clothes when you are doing laundry/washing clothes. Segregate clothes that you wear inside from those that you wear outside into separate laundry bags. Keep the laundry bag with outside clothes out of the home.
- Before that, after coming from outside, keep the clothes you wore into a laundry bag and change into a separate set. Do not forget to leave your shoes outside. You can also just let the outside clothes sit in a laundry bag for a day or two if you do not want to wash them immediately.
- Put on a mask and a pair of disposable gloves while doing laundry.
- Periodically disinfecting laundry bags that have been used to store clothes is highly recommended.
- For washing, just use the right amount of detergent powder because too much detergent can make the virus to get trapped inside clothes, use just the right amount.
- The heat setting of 30 degrees Celsius is not enough to kill the virus. Use a heat setting of 60 C or higher because Coronavirus is not heat resistant.
- All regular detergents are enough to kill the virus, however, just a cap full of a disinfectant like Dettol liquid would help.
- Use a timer of at least 45 minutes on the washing machine for effective disinfection of clothes.
- According to Center for Disease Control, flu viruses are killed by heat above 75 degrees, so use hot water and detergent if you are washing clothes by hand.
- Additionally, steaming clothes with iron will ensure that your clothes are completely free of any virus or pathogen.
- If you are washing clothes using hands, use the hottest water possible and dry the clothes under direct sunlight because UV rays will kill viruses and bacteria.
Additional Tips for Disinfecting Clothes:
- Dip the clothes in scalding hot water and soak in detergent for a minimum for 45 minutes before washing them just to be extra sure while washing clothes by hand.
- One can also add a few drops of Dettol into the bucket of water that you have soaked the clothes in.
- Do not forget to disinfect washing machines regularly. Pour a cup of white vinegar directly into the machine and choose a setting of 60 Celsius for at least 30 minutes.
- Spraying chlorine or other disinfectant while you have the clothes on can prove to be detrimental to your health.
- You can also run the washing machine with bleach and then run it with your clothes and detergent afterward. But if you run your clothes on high heat and then spin it, that would kill bacteria anbd virus.
We hope we could detail out all tips that you would need to disinfect your clothing. Keep safe, practice social distancing.