Laundry 101: How to wash your clothes during COVID-19 pandemic – KFOR Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is spread “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.”

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites.

Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials, including clothing.

If someone in your household is ill, follow these guidelines from the CDC when washing laundry.

  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill person and then discard after each use. If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other household purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
    • If no gloves are used when handling dirty laundry, be sure to wash hands afterwards.
    • If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.
    • Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
    • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers
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