Working for the NHS we are advised to wash our uniform at at least 60°C and I have to admit that this is the only thing that I do wash at that temperature. All bedding, towels, clothing including school uniforms are all washed at 40°C.
A recent study looking at what lives on children’s clothes before and after washing has revealed that 1 in 4 are contaminated with bacteria after being washed at 40°C with school pants and jumpers harbouring the highest contamination levels overall! The nationwide study, undertaken in conjunction with NetMums, exposes Britain’s school uniforms and adds to a growing bank of scientific research revealing how low-temperature washing and modern laundry trends have created a new breeding ground for germs and bacteria in the family washing basket.
Parents urged to re-evaluate their laundering process
Parents are being urged by home hygiene expert, Dr Lisa Ackerley, to re-evaluate the process of their laundry cycle to ensure school uniforms are hygienically washed and laundered.
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Dettol’s new Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser has been developed to kill 99.9% of bacteria every time you wash. It is dermatologically tested and safe to use on children’s clothes and bedding.
Just add it to your normal washing machine routine after adding your detergent.
Disclosure: We received a sample of Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser FOC for sharing the recent study results.