With so much media information about Coronavirus it's hard to take it all in, so we've summarised the main advice relating to Covid-19 in relation to washing your clothes.
Evidence suggests that the virus may remain for hours to days on surfaces made from various materials which include clothing, but can remain on some surfaces for up to 8 days. We are led to believe that especially on hard surfaces it lingers longer than any other strain of flu, which is one reason it's so contagious. Be aware that buttons and zips could include materials such as plastic or stainless steel which can be contaminated for up to 2-3 days.
It's no surprise therefore that it's recommended to very regularly wash your clothes, especially if you are leaving home to go to work. Outer items that you wouldn't normally wash as often are now amongst the most important to wash, such as coats and jackets, jumpers, gloves and trousers/skirts - anything that has been in direct contact with items outside of the home. Ideally get into the habit of changing into other clothes and shoes as soon as you get in.
Detergent - Viruses don't like detergents, so using extra detergent makes sense at this time. Also using a detergent that contains a bleach compound if you can is beneficial to provide a harsh environment to the virus.
Temperature - Washing at a temperature as hot as is safe to use on your clothes is beneficial to help to kill the virus. It's vital to carefully read any manufacturers wash care labels to avoid damaging your clothes which would only add more anxiety to the current situation! Not all materials can cope with high temperatures, so don't assume you can put them all in a high temperature wash, it's powerful against viruses but only if your clothes label shows it's safe to do so.
Net Washing Bags - with the amount of washing we're all doing, organising your clothes in the wash is more important than ever. Net Wash Bags allow you to separate items in your wash (reduces the sorting after) and also protects your delicate items such as lingerie. Bra Wash Bags prevent hooks and fastenings from getting tangled or damaging other items, and you can even safely wash your trainers in a Shoe Wash Bag (you can put several in the wash at once because the bags are padded) which also protects the washing machine drum.