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Germs in the Laundry

How do I kill germs (bacteria and viruses) on clothes when they are washed (without using bleach)?

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If you really want to "make sure" germs in your laundry are killed, you should consider using bleach. Research* shows that using bleach when doing laundry can help reduce germs in your laundry. But even clean wet clothes can have germs. A way to reduce the chance of getting sick is to wash your hands after you put the wet laundry in the dryer or hang them on the line to dry.

Don’t get in a hurry when you take those clothes out of the dryer or off the clothes line. Make sure that each item is completely dry before you put your laundry away. This helps ensure that any remaining germs are killed.

While non-chlorine bleaches may reduce germs during washing, they are not registered as pesticides carrying antimicrobial claims so they are not a replacement for chlorine (hypochlorite) bleach.

*Against Disease – page 93