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Washing clothes and bed sheets
Started by Chantal
Posted: April 8, 2018 at 21:16
Does anyoneknow the best way to wash possible infected clothes, towels, bed
sheets etc to ensure infection doesnt spread to others?

Would crushed garlic in the wash help?
Re: Washing clothes and bed sheets
Reply #1 by Bob Anderson
Posted: April 9, 2018 at 15:43
Chantel -

Yes, I think adding NATURAL (non-irradiated) garlic to wash water would sanitize those things. They might leave a little garlicky aroma afterwards but that would inhibit further contamination so that there would be less re-exposure or exposure to others. Garlic water is a very powerful disinfectant because of its ability to kill all bacteria on contact. When the items are dry, the aroma, itself can repel insects as well as things you can't see.

Garlic water from natural (non-irradiated) garlic is a very good mosquito repellant when rubbed on exposed skin areas. Mosquitos may land but do not stay long and do not bite. Not so if you eat garlic but only if garlic water or garlic oil is rubbed on exposed skin. Yes, you will smell like garlic but that may be better than being bitten by a mosquito carrying zika or ebola or malaria or some other disease. Garlic water sprayed on a dog's coat will repel mosquitoes and help prevent heartworms, which are another mosquito-borne disease.

This old herbal folk remedy still kills even the most resistant staph, it has many other uses and it is best to grow your own if you can, that way it doesn't cost much, if anything at all because you can replant what you grow so you may never run out of good garlic.
People who live in apartments can grow it in pots on window sills.

Good luck to you.

Re: Washing clothes and bed sheets
Reply #2 by mrs x
Posted: April 24, 2018 at 13:26
wash them with chlorine bleach. dry them hot. also wipe down the openings /rims of the washer with straight isopropyl alcohol at least 70% strength, after the wash load is done, but before you take the clothes out. The dirty clothes will likely leave a residue of germs on the rim and then they get picked up again as you take them out, so wipe it down before removing washloads.Also, wear long sleeves. use latex gloves, one set for dirty, throw away, and get a clean set on for the clean load. Change gloves a lot to prevent cross contamination.
Keep rashes and sores covered. you can use paper towels ( soft ones) and wide medical tape. You can also wrap the bandaged areas in plastic food wrap to protect it from getting ripped in bed while asleep. tape that on too.
If it's a leg or large area that needs a very large bandage, use those thin flexible bed pads that come in packs, in a size about 2 feet x 18 inches. They have soft pad on one side and plastic on the other. wrap the leg up in those and tape em .Yes it takes a lot of supplies to accomplish this.
Re: Washing clothes and bed sheets
Reply #3 by Cindy
Posted: April 24, 2018 at 20:34
Just plain soap and water will do it and will also clean washer. As
long as your wash your hands after touching laundry with soap and
water thats all you need. We didn't know I had MRSA and the drainage
was on the towel on the floor. My husband would pick them up and
wash them. He washed his hands. Never got it. Plain soap and water
does the trick. Only have to worry about it if the drainage comes out
you touch it then again soap and warm water will do it.
Re: Washing clothes and bed sheets
Reply #4 by Man_Nuka15
Posted: April 27, 2018 at 03:48
I use a powder laundry booster that contains borax in conjunction with liquid laundry detergent.
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