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

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 all types of fabrics can be contaminated.

It is safe to use a shared laundry machine because the virus is killed by washing your clothes over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't boil everything, because it will ruin your clothes.

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Clothing

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 CDC notes that the virus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials, including clothing.

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 all types of fabrics can be contaminated.

It is safe to use a shared laundry machine because the virus is killed by washing your clothes over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't boil everything, because it will ruin your clothes.

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 in a crowded area. Also, consider washing your coat.
  • It's best to wash a sick person's clothing separately.

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