Friday, February 6, 2009

Do You Know What's in Your Laundry?

"Bacteria thrives in warm, moist places like the washing machine." says Weida, M.D.

If you're anything like me, I multi-task and do the laundry at random times in the day... or night. Until now! I just read an article from my Vigor Magazine; Healthy Living for the People of Colorado, and was dumbfounded when I read the article Home Clean Home. Three important facts I learned from Weida, M.D., were: (1.) "Be sure to dry your clothes quickly to avoid bacteria formation." Don't go off for three hours (or eight) and let your clothes sit in the wash; they aren't clean anymore! (2.) Wash your whites in hot water, using bleach, to kill the most bacteria (not just to turn them their whitest whites!) And (3.) - (most important and shocking!) "Wash your underwear separately from the rest of your clothes," he says. "Every pair of underwear contains about a gram of feces, and you don't want this transferring to other clothes." Who would have thought!

Now you need four separate bins for your laundry; whites, darks, misc., and UNDERWEAR!


Terra said...

ok, So I have to draw the line at washing the undies seperate. I can't add another load to my list. I do however re-wash any load that ends up sitting more than an hour for any reason...I don't know why, but I always have. I try not to do laundry when their is a chance it will sit.

Woman Interrupted said...

Oh no! That was more information than I needed to know about my undies. And in the case of my 3 year old's drawers...triple that amount of fecal matter. Eeewww!