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Can clothes and towels spread germs?

Clothing, towels, and linens can spread germs if they come into contact with an infected person or surface. Consider the following example:

  • Handling soiled laundry exposes a person’s hands to pathogens.
  • Germs can spread between clothes while they are being laundered.
  • Germs can spread between people when they use the same towel or blanket.

What causes germs to stick to garments and towels?


Germs found on our clothing and towels could have come from our own bodies. Bacteria live on our skin’s surface, in our nostrils, and in our intestines. Although the most of them are harmless, some of them can cause infection, particularly in people with skin disorders or wounds.
Although most germs are unable to penetrate normal skin, they can colonize it in a harmless manner. Hand cleaning is likely to be far more important than washing your clothes in terms of preventing most diseases.
Germs are more likely to be found on underwear than on outerwear. Germs from feces and vaginal diseases may be present in underwear.
However, germs might be picked up on your outerwear. If you handle a contaminated object, germs can get onto your outerwear.
Most bacteria may persist for a long period on materials.

What are the ways to get rid of germs from towels and clothes?

Cleaning your garments on a regular basis reduces the chance of germ transmission. While it is a good idea to wash your hands on a regular basis, it is also a good idea to wash your clothes to avoid the spread of hazardous bacteria. To get rid of hazardous germs that could make us sick, it is sometimes recommended to wash garments in hot water using a bleach-based detergent.
Some high-risk clothing items require more regular washing. This includes athletic wear, food prep attire, healthcare employee uniforms, shared towels, and any clothing that covered a skin wound or infection. If you have severely dirty clothes, wash them separately.

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