By Elena Picci

How to wash clothes during the pandemic?

Even though the risk contracting COVID-19 from your clothing is low, if it makes you feel better, it may be worth it. Here’s how to wash your clothes during coronavirus.

Even though the risk contracting COVID-19 from your clothing is low, if it makes you feel better, it may be worth it. Here’s how to do it:

#1 Don’t shake the clothes

Avoid shaking the clothing you received to prevent the virus from spreading into the air (Unicef).

#2 The higher temperature, the better

Given the circumstances, put sustainability aside and wash your clothes at high temperatures if possible. Use the dry function if you prefer. Research has shown that a related coronavirus that causes Sars could be killed by temperatures greater than 56°C or 132°F (BBC; WebMD). Don’t worry, you can save energy and water by washing fewer, larger loads. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

#3 Sanitize/wash your hands

Before and after touching the machine. Do not touch your face until you do it. The virus can last up to 3 days on flat surfaces. Therefore, if you’re using a shared machine, washing your clothes can pose a greater risk than buying them. (MarketWatch; Vogue).

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So there you have it. By taking the right steps, buying clothes during the pandemic is still safe. If you missed it here is where we talk about the topic, before you even have to wash the clothes:

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