Can we wash away COVID-19?

When it comes to laundering garments, guidelines from the American Industrial Hygiene Association offer these steps:

#1 Sort laundry items and seal in plastic bags

It’s no longer safe to bring in items in hampers or eco bags or other porous packaging when going to laundry shops. Best to also separate household items from personal clothing items. Among personal clothing items, you may want to also separate the ones only worn at home and the ones worn when going out.

#2 At receiving, items should be weighed but not counted

This will prevent the virus from becoming airborne. Do your counting and sorting at home. If your laundry shop has a different system, ask them why and see if the answer makes your comfortable.

#3 All soiled items should be incubated for 5 days at room temperature to ensure that the COVID virus has been made inactive

Consider this when planning your clothing needs. The wait for virus-free items is worth it.

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