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.

How should I improve my normal washing cycle?

Dettol Laundry Sanitiser

* 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 bacteria1.

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 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.

Dettol Sanitiser

Step 3: Hygienically Clean Laundry
Dettol Laundry Sanitiser helps remove 99.9% of germs# so your clothes come out hygienically clean after the wash.

# E. coli and Staphylococcus

Dettol Laundry Sanitiser helps remove 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 re-transfer and cross-transfer 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.

1 Bockmulh, D. P. (2017). Laundry Hygiene – how to get more than clean. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 122, p. 1124-1133.

What are your top laundry tips?

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  1. SarahBlair 03/01/2020 at 4:26 pm

    This looks like such a great product, with a large family, germs like to get in and do the rounds, sometimes more than once… so this would be fantastic for my household!

  2. Alezandra 02/01/2020 at 11:18 am

    I honestly didn’t know that it is recommended to wash at 60 degrees min. I personally reduce the temp to save on costs. But this has opened my eyes. Now, I’d probably do the same as candyjane and do this occasionally for those really soiled clothing.

  3. candyjanenz 29/12/2019 at 7:45 pm

    i would probably use this occasionally for things like tea towels, sheets, cloth nappies and particularly dirty clothes and use normal powder for the rest. It may also save on costs if you are not having to use hot water for washing.

  4. Shorrty4life1 27/12/2019 at 5:29 pm

    Top laundry tip is to wash clothing everyday don’t have it sit around and pile up and add more bacteria to the situation. I really need to get this detol sanistizer product for my washing. I think it could be the best thing as we don’t do a hot wash to kill bugs and bacteria.

  5. Jen_Wiig 27/12/2019 at 12:20 pm

    Oh my gosh… Ewwww I didn’t know that basically our clothes are still dirty when washed… I never use warm or hot I don’t even have the tap hose thing from machine plugged in… I will be as soon as tomorrow be getting some of this dettol sanariser from now on that’s so gross. I’m so so padanric about clean clothes and clean healthy kitchens it’s not funny…. If clothes don’t come out smelling fresh and clean they go back in again… Now they’ll be having an extra clean with that awesome dettol product

  6. MuddledUpMolly 21/12/2019 at 9:18 am

    I have received this product in a blackbox and I have loved it! It is great t have peace of mind knowing that the loads that really need it can have a dose of this product to really get rid of germs. We don’t use it in every load but with a baby that has various spills etc. it has been an awesome product to use.

  7. dawnblyth 20/12/2019 at 7:01 pm

    Presoaking tough stains is one of my go to tips. Finding a good stain remover goes hand in hand with that. I didn’t realise there were so many germs left in our clothes after washing. I thought, and more so when you used a hot wash, that that alone would get rid of the germs. I might have to go looking for the Dettol laundry santiser.

  8. Micht 20/12/2019 at 6:24 pm

    Was blessed enough to be selected ro review this product and we found it quite helpful and necessary with a young growing family

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