Due to the coronavirus, which has spread rapidly through multiple countries around the world including the United States, people not considered essential workers have been self-quarantining and social distancing. But, if you think you’ve been exposed to the virus or you’re living with someone who has it, these are the must-take steps for washing your clothes.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, people should wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry. So next time you head to the store and pick up cleaning supplies, be sure to add gloves to your list. According to the CDC, if you’re using reusable gloves, they should only be used for disinfecting surfaces rather than for everyday cleaning.
If you don’t have gloves, be sure to wash your hands directly after handling the dirty laundry. The CDC warns against shaking your dirty laundry, which could spread the virus through the air. It’s best to wash your clothes using the warmest water and hottest dryer setting possible. It is safe to wash coronavirus-contaminated clothes with other items, according to the CDC.
Afterward, make sure to clean and disinfect your hamper. And if stocking up on cleaning supplies is making it impossible to meet your budget, consider saving money on these items you should always buy generic instead of name brand.