Step by Step Guide on Safe Ways of Doing Laundry to Prevent COVID-19 Infections

By Korir Isaac / Published July 16, 2021 | 9:10 am




KEY POINTS

You should not stress over getting COVID-19 from your clothes even if you’ve been out in the public. However, if someone in your household has the disease, play it safe and follow the laundry guidelines.


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Lots of germs, including the coronavirus causing COVID-19, can be transmitted through contaminated surfaces and various clothing. It is the one thing that has changed how people do laundry to keep infections at bay.

Sadly, we do not know how long the coronavirus can live on fabrics, thus, taking precautions is in order.

On the upside, unless you are caring for someone who already has the disease or is in a high-risk category, those precautions are not too onerous.

Whether you do your laundry at home, in a laundromat, or in a shared laundry room in your building, public health experts say there are some general safety guidelines everyone can follow.

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Here are the steps to handwashing your garments at home:

  • Step 1 – Getting Ready

Ensure that you have enough space to fully submerge your clothes in water. A utility sink, a roomy bathroom sink, a bathtub, or a washing basin are good options.

Clean your basin or sink with an all-purpose cleaner such as Msafi Regular Bleach and fill it with warm water – ensure that the temperature is within the garment’s limits. Then, wear gloves, although this is optional.

  • Step 2 – Add Detergent

Add 1 teaspoon of regular liquid or powder detergent for each pound of clothing you wash. Ensure that you do not use too much.

Consider using a multipurpose detergent or bleach that not only disinfects but removes stains, whitens clothes, and kills common viruses, bacteria, and fungi. BIDCO Africa’s Msafi Bleach is a good choice. It cleans clothes, whitens them, protects the colors, and is equipped with sterilizing agents that guarantees safety from infections and germs.

  • Step 3 – Soak

Submerge your clothes in the detergent solution and allow them to soak in the solution for 15 to 60 minutes, depending on how visibly dirty the fabric is.

  • Step 4 – Wash

Wash the clothes by using your hands to softly mimic the agitation of a washing machine. Swirl and pump the garments in the solution to ensure that the detergent penetrates the fibers.

  • Step 5 – Rinse

Drain the detergent solution and wipe the sink free of any suds, then refill the sink with clean cool, or lukewarm water to begin rinsing. Using your hands to agitate the clothes to release detergent, drain the water, and repeat until the clothes are fully rinsed.

  • Step 6 – Dry

After the stage, drain the sink, move the clothes to one side and press down on each one by one to extrude the water. It is not a good idea to wring the fibers. This can cause stretching and other damages.

Then allow the clothing to air dry by laying it flat, using a drying rack or a hanging line.

Keeping Safe

You should not stress over getting COVID-19 from your clothes even if you’ve been out in the public. However, if someone in your household has the disease, play it safe and follow the laundry guidelines.

As always, it is a good habit to wash your hands frequently, with soap and water or by using a disinfectant even after washing. Msafi bar soaps make good options.

For example, Msafi Aloe Vera is infused with a combination of natural plant extracts, which protects the skin from dryness and keeps it safe from the harmful actions of micro-organisms.

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Then there is Msafi Antibacterial soap, which contains beneficial antibacterial agents that inhibit and kill germs, viruses, and other harmful micro-organisms. The two soaps are efficient at keeping COVID-19 infections at bay.

For your laundry purposes, you can get BIDCO Africa’s detergent hamper, which also contains Msafi Detergent Powder and Msafi Bleach on top of the above two.

The best part about these cleaning products is that they not only leave your clothes sparkly clean but contain powerful stain removal enzymes that effectively fight germs keeping you and your family safe and healthy.

They are also infused with refreshing fragrances as well as foam boosters that enhance lathering on all types of waters.

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About Korir Isaac

A creative, tenacious, and passionate journalist with impeccable ethics and a nose for anticipated and spontaneous news. He may not say it, but he sure can make one hell of a story.

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