The pandemic has taught us a lot about hygiene. We have learned how to wash our hands properly, clean, and sanitize our homes, and do our laundry safely to disinfect against COVID-19.
Good old-fashioned soap and water, or an approved sanitizer, seem to be effective in killing the virus on most surfaces. When washing clothes, however, experts recommend following specific guidelines to inactivate the virus such as using the hottest water possible for the material and giving your clothes extra time and heat in the dryer.
According to HuffPost, dry cleaning can also snuff out the virus, but it is not the solvent used in actually cleaning the item that does the job, it is the ironing, steaming, and pressing afterward that works.
“The high level of heat used in pressing and ironing during the dry cleaning process is pretty reliable,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert at the University of California-San Francisco. “The virus hates heat.”
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