While some laundry detergent companies are recommending consumers wash their clothes at lower temperatures to save energy, experts fear the recommendation could be affecting consumer's health!
A report by the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene warns that low temperature water might not be strong enough to kill disease-causing bugs in your washer.
That's scary considering some estimate the average washing machine load can contain 100 million E.coli at any time. A consultant in enviromental hygiene explained:
"If you work with food and put your uniform in with the rest of the family’s dirty laundry, including dirty underwear, it could become infected with e.coli or salmonella — or whatever else is on those clothes."
A German study found that the only way to effectively treat clothes contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria linked to urinary tract infections and pneumonia, was to wash them at 104 degrees. Some companies, on the other hand, are recommending their customers wash as low as 59 degrees!
Got allergies? Allergy experts have pointed out that washing clothing at 104 degrees kills only 6% of house dust mites, while washing clothing at 140 degrees kills 100%!
Studies have also found it may be a good idea to wash your undies separately, or at least at a higher temperature.
A study found living bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and E.coli, on 83% of laundered underwear samples, 89% of which were washed at 104 degrees!
Based on this information, it's also important to wash clothing for babies or individuals with a weaker immune system separately and at a higher temperature, as an expert explains:
"Babies have a lower immune system and are more susceptible to bacterial or fungal infections, which could easily be transferred during a low-temperature wash."
These shocking revelations prove that there is a difference between looking clean and BEING clean! Think before you wash!
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