Low Temperature Machine Washing Connected with Health Risk

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Washing machines can be dangerous to health if not used properly. Washing at low temperatures and mixing clothes can turn out to be spreading bacteria.

When laundering clothes and bed linen, noticing that the stain is gone, does not mean that they are completely clean despite the fact that they smell fresh. Lowering washing temperature can be one of the greatest mistakes every household makes.

Laundry may be the act of cleaning your clothes, but consider the amount of bacteria you load inside and wash on low temperature, that can be more than 100 million E.coli.

The major benefit of machine washing at low temperature is that it is energy saving. But it can pose a serious health risk.

Professor Sally Bloomfield, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, points out the importance of having hygienically clean laundry, not relying only on its visual cleanliness.

Staphylococcus aureus, for example, can cause skin infections and even pneumonia. A German study on clothes reveals that eliminating the bacteria is best done at 40 degrees with a bleaching detergent.

Food is the greatest source of such bacteria, as germs feed on the remains. People working with food should launder their clothes using a high temperature wash.

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Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr

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