Scientists have found that our clothes and linens can harbor dangerous pathogens, but just how much of a health risk is dirty laundry?
Dirty laundry may cause environmental contamination
“A new paper published in FEMS Microbiology Letters, resulting from an investigation of a laundry facility that services several Seattle-area hospitals, suggests that soiled clinical linens may be a source of surface Clostridium difficile contamination.”
Dirty Laundry? How Nasty Germs Survive in Your Washer
“Your dirty laundry may actually be even dirtier after you wash it. That’s because experts say washing machines are teeming with bacteria that find their way onto your clothes — and then onto you. Our smallest items — our undergarments — are the biggest culprits because of the presence of fecal matter and the different types of bacteria it can carry.”
The Myth of the Frozen Jeans
“Levi Strauss advises freezing your jeans to kill the germs that make them smelly, thereby saving the water you’d use in washing them. Don’t bother, says Stephen Craig Cary, a University of Delaware expert on frozen microbes, who wrote to us from Antarctica.”
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