How To Avoid Getting Sick From The Washing Machine

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Most of us probably don’t give much thought to our washing machines (except when they’re not working, that is!). The purpose of a washing machine is to clean our clothing and linens, and although it does do those things, your washing machine may be unknowingly making you and your family sick, too.

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Firstly, washing machines are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. They’re constantly moist and warm, which is the favorite environment of mold. Front-load washing machines are the most susceptible to mold, as it can grow under the rubber lining that surrounds the door and continue to grow unnoticed. Get in the habit of cleaning and checking this area regularly, and watch out for signs like small black marks on your clothing after it’s come out of the wash.

While we’re on the topic of washing machines, we need to discuss a rather gross topic. And that’s underwear. Every person’s underwear will have bacteria on it, and more specifically, fecal bacteria. Because of this, it’s best to wash all of your underwear in a separate cycle from the rest of your clothing to limit the spread of this bacteria.

Now that we’ve discussed that less-than-pleasant topic, let’s talk about drying. Although using a dryer to dry your clothes is generally an efficient way of getting rid of any lingering bacteria from fabrics, natural sunlight is actually the better option. The UV rays found in sun will zap bacteria more effectively than a dryer will. Plus, it’s better for the environment and your wallet. If you have the option of air-drying your laundry, why wouldn’t you?

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Washing machines don’t need to be a cringeworthy thought, but it’s important to know about the hidden health risks involved with them. Now that you know these tips, your clothes can be as clean as possible, and your home a safer environment for you and your family.