How to wash your clothes to avoid contamination


Grocery shopping is one of the few “excursions” people are actually making these days amidst the enhanced community quarantine. If you’re the designated grocery shopper/errand runner of your family, or you’re one of those who have to work outside during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that you take a bath and/or wash your hands immediately when you return home from outside. Disinfecting travel items like your phone, keys, and credit cards is also essential.

You must also wash the clothes you wore during your grocery run as soon as possible, especially since different kinds of microbes survive in clothes. Staying clean and keeping everything as sanitized as possible is now more important than ever. In cases where you cannot wash items immediately, store them in a clean bag or hamper until they can be washed.

Here are a few tips on how to properly wash your clothes:

Familiarize yourself with your washing machine’s features

Some washing machines today do more than just simply wash and dry clothes. It’s important to know a machine’s extra features as it might help in sanitizing and disinfecting clothes and other fabrics much better.

For example, Samsung’s Front Load Washer has an Air Wash System that deodorizes and sanitizes clothes and bedding. With the help of hot air reaching up to 80°C blown onto the clothes, 99.9% of bacteria and allergens, along with unpleasant odors, are removed without chemical use.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises “using the warmest appropriate water setting” (between 40 and 60℃) along with a good quality detergent. If your clothes can be bleached, do so.

Handle laundry with special care

To be on the safer side, use gloves when doing the laundry and follow each of the item’s washing instructions. Also, be sure to wash newly purchased clothes before using since in-store clothes have gone through many hands and might have even been tried on by a complete stranger.

Do not overload the washer

Make sure there’s enough space inside the washer so that the detergent has room to circulate through the clothes. Overloading a washer can result in clothes that aren’t thoroughly washed and sanitized.

Disinfect washer, baskets, and other surfaces

Just as clothes should be cleaned before and after use, you should also sanitize where the clothes, both dirty and clean, are being stored. If possible, opt to use a mat or liner that is either disposable or can be laundered to limit the exposure of clothes to different surfaces.

Samsung Digital Appliances’ washing machines have EcoDrumClean+ that ensures 95% removal of the unit’s drum contamination. Through a combination of powerful water jet streams and high-speed spinning, it keeps the buildup of mold, lint, dirt and detergent residues at bay.


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