Always Wash Your Cleaning And Kitchen Towels Separate From Other Laundry

October 5, 2018

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You'll probably do a little bit of cleaning this weekend.  With a little elbow grease and a few cleaning rags you'll have your home tidy in no time. Now it's time to clean your cleaning rags. Do you toss them into the washing machine with other laundry? Or wash them separately?  Hygiene experts say you should treat cleaning rags and towels equal but separate. While washing clothes in colder water temperatures saves energy and keeps clothes looking better longer, it doesn't adequately rid fibers of bacteria. So if you toss in your dirty dish towel with your jeans, you are just swishing around all that bacteria onto your clothes. Experts recommends sorting laundry by use, washing food-related items like your tea towels and cleaning cloths into a separate load than undergarments and other clothing on the  hottest water setting possible since lukewarm and cold water only removes around 80% of germs.  Additionally, kitchen towels should always be washed on a regular or heavy duty cycle to ensure they get thoroughly clean, even if the label on your nice tea towels says to wash them on gentle! If you use them for any food-related purpose, they'll need a more rigorous cycle to avoid creating "bacterial soup" in your washing machine.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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