Do Not Shake Out Dirty Clothes

March 20, 2020
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The CDC has been busy with COVID-19 in issuing advisories, warnings and important information.  One of their recommendations involves not shaking out your dirty laundry.  For many, giving dirty clothes a shake before popping them into the washer makes sure there isn't an ink pen or loose change doesn't get into the wash.  However it can fling the coronavirus into the air if it’s on your dirty clothes. The CDC also recommends wearing disposable gloves while handling dirty laundry (if no gloves are available, you should wash your hands immediately afterwards), and to wash items on the “warmest appropriate water setting” and then dry them completely. You should either clean/disinfect your laundry hamper after removing dirty laundry, or put a disposable (or launder-able) bag inside. Essentially, you want to clean anything that might have come in contact with soiled clothing that might have come in contact with the coronavirus: hands, laundry baskets, laundry tables, etc. On the plus side, you don’t need to do separate laundry loads for sick individuals and well individuals. “Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items,” the CDC advises.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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