How to get your washing hygienically clean

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Throughout our busy day bacteria and dirt from a variety of sources build up on our clothing. In New Zealand it is common to wash clothes in cold or warm water and while this saves on heating costs and helps protect fabrics, germs can survive and transfer between garments.

How can we ensure that, when we wash our clothes, our clothes are not only visibly clean but are also hygienically clean?

Where do the germs come from?

The most common source of contamination is actually us! Laundry items most likely to become contaminated with bacteria like staphylococcus and E.coli are the ones that come into direct contact with the body i.e. underwear, socks, personal towels, facecloths, re-useable nappies, sports gear, bed clothes, and towels. Dish cloths and tea towels that are used as part of food preparation in the kitchen can also be contaminated.

Outer garments are less likely to be a source of germs unless they have been contaminated by vomit or fecal material.

Why isn’t my normal washing powder enough?

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* In cold wash

Dettol, in combination with a nationwide consumer study by AUT, set out to find out the common washing behaviours amongst New Zealanders and also to determine how many live bacteria are present after a typical wash*.

The study found that fewer than 3% of respondents reported washing at 60 degrees or higher even though this is the recommended temperature required to kill live bacteria.

They also tested 60 samples of wet clothes straight from a completed standard washing cycle using standard laundry detergent and where the temperature of water used was below 60°C. The testing revealed 78%* of clothes tested straight from the washing machine contained traces of live fecal bacteria, and various live microorganisms including yeast were detected on over 98% of clean samples*.

How can I ensure my washing is hygienically clean?

It is recommended that we use water at a temperature higher than 60°C.  However, if washing in 60°C or higher is not suitable, adding a sanitiser will remove the need to wash regularly at high temperatures.

Dettol step 1

Step 1: Pour into Machine
Add 60ml into fabric softener dispenser, in place of or in addition to fabric softeners (applicable for top load & front load machines).

Dettol Step 2

Step 2: Rinse Cycle in Wash
For automatic washing machines, Dettol Laundry Sanitiser will be automatically activated in the final rinse cycle of your wash.

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Step 3: Hygienically Clean Laundry
Dettol Laundry Sanitiser removes 99.9% of germs# so your clothes come out sanitised after the wash.

# E. coli and Staphylococcus

Dettol Laundry Sanitiser removes 99.9% of bacteria such as Staphylococcus and E.coli in the wash, in both hot and cold water, and therefore helps break the cycle of reinfection and cross-infection of  germs in your laundry. Dettol Laundry Sanitiser does not contain bleach and leaves laundry hygienically clean.

*AUT study (2019) tested on 60 samples of wet clothes straight from a completed standard NZ washing cycle (below 60°C, normal detergent). The number of bacteria will vary under different washing practices (temp, washing duration, types of load) and will be reduced depending on the drying process.

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