Let's Address The Issue: Can the Coronavirus disease live on my clothes? + Tips For Clean Clothes

According to experts from Hackensack Meridian Health believe that in many situations, it's unlikely for viral particles to land on clothing, especially if you practice social distancing and the people you encounter wear masks. More important than focusing on your clothing is remember to wash your hands when you return home.

When To Be Concerned

Research suggest that Covid-19 doesn't survive for long on clothing, compared to hard surfaces, and exposing the virus to heat may shorten its life.

"If you're concerned that your clothing may have been exposed to COVID-19, the best way to get rid of the virus is to wash any exposed clothing on heated cycles," says John Sensakovic.

How We Launder Our Clothing Selection

  1. According to CDC, flu viruses are killed by heat above 167 degrees Fahrenheit and steam which is produced at 212 degrees. With this information, we took our inspection process to the next level once clothes are accepted by steaming all clothing items before packaging.

  2. We spray our clothing with Febreze Fabric Fresher Antibacterial spray.

  3. We now require all employees to use gloves when handling the clothes to eliminate the amount of human contact.

How You Can Launder Your Clothes in the Covid Era

  1. Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry. If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19. Reusable glove should not be used for other household products. You should clean your hand immediately after gloves are removed.

  2. If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.

  3. Try to wash your launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people's items.

  4. Clean and disinfect hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner this is either disposable or can be laundered.

If you allow the entire laundering process - which is heat, detergent and agitation during the wash spin cycle, plus the dryer - it should remove or inactive the virus from your clothing. - Dr. Sensakovic.

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