How Long The New Virus Lives On Clothes, And How To Wash Them

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How Long The New Virus Lives On Clothes, And How To Wash Them
As we grow more and more aware of precautions we should take in light of the coronavirus pandemic, we're bombarded with questions on how we should wash and disinfect household items, including clothing.


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The new virus is usually transmitted through respiratory droplets from an infected person sneezing or coughing rather than through objects and materials that are contaminated.

However, the C...


Laundry machines and clothing

Family and emergency Dr. Janette Nesheiwat suggested that polyester, spandex-like material may retain germs longer than breathable cotton-based fabrics, but...


Washing of clothes

  • It is advised to wash clothes in detergent that contain a bleach compound as viruses can't survive in that harsh environment.
  • Regularly wash your clothes, especially if you have been i...



Wash Your Hands

The best way to lower your risk of contracting the new virus is to wash your hands after you cough, sneeze, touch your face, and when you leave and return from the grocery store.

It's also i...

To Keep Yourself Virus-Free

  • Wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you can.
  • If you're coughing or sneezing, wear a protective mask.
  • First clean, then disinfect your home.
  • Target high-touch surfaces daily.


The EPA has a full list of disinfectants that will kill the new virus.

Disinfectant that will work is disinfecting wipes, disinfectant spray, Isopropyl alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide.

If you cannot find store-bought disinfectants, you can make a disinfectant spray with 4 teaspoons household bleach mixed with 1-quart water into a spray bottle. To use, spray on the surface, wait for 10 minutes and wipe away with a wet cloth. Don't mix bleach with another cleaning chemical.

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Spreading respiratory viruses

Our hands are the front lines in the war against the new virus.
Respiratory viruses (the new virus, the flu, and the common cold)  can be spread via our hands: We can pick up dro...

Prevention is essential

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Contact a health worker if you have symptoms; fever and a dry cough are most common.
  • Don't touch your face.
  • Don't travel if you have a fever and cough.

The top way to clean our hands

Washing your hands with soap and water is the top way to clean our hands. If soap is not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help.
When you wash your hands with soap and water, you’re wiping viruses off your hands and sending them down the drain. The whole process is actually annihilating the viruses, rendering them harmless.

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Touching our faces

We touch our faces on average 16 times an hour.
And almost half of the face touches involve the mouth, nose, or eyes, which are the easiest pathways for viruses and bacteria to ...

Handwashing is crucial

Effective handwashing consists of five simple steps: wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry.
Do so for at least 20 seconds.

Stop touching your face

This is a habit you can break:
  • Be mindful of your intention to keep your hands away from your face.
  • Place visual reminders at home and at the office so you will be aware that you want to keep your hands down.
  • Use a scented hand sanitizer or a scented hand soap to help remind yourself to keep hands away from your face. The smell will keep you alert.
  • Use gloves if necessary.