Wash and Disinfect Sick Bed Laundry

When someone is ill, they feel miserable and having a nice clean bed can bring some comfort.

But, while you want to keep the sick one feeling comfy, it is also important to protect yourself and the rest of your family from catching the flu or virus. Just handling linens and clothes that have become infected with bacteria can bring on illness.

Learn how to disinfect laundry and remove yucky stains like vomit, urine, spilled liquid medicines, and blood that can come along with illness.

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    Handling Sick Bed Linens

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    When someone is ill, opt for one hundred percent white cotton sheets. Why? They may be boring but are easy to disinfect with hot water. Sheets that are bright colors and a synthetic blend can not stand up to the rigors of disinfecting chemicals.

    One of the best things you can do to protect yourself is to wear rubber gloves when handling soiled laundry. At the very least, keep the sheets away from your face and body. Always wash the linen as soon as possible to prevent cross-contamination in the...MORE hamper with other clothes and follow these disinfecting tips.

  • 02 of 07

    Disinfecting PJs and Clothes

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    Chlorine bleach used in the correct amounts and with hot water is excellent at disinfecting clothes. However, not every type of fabric can withstand chlorine bleach.

    Cornell University completed an extensive study on the best ways to disinfect your home laundry and protect your family from bacterial infections and viruses without great expense or ruining your clothes.

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    How to Remove Liquid Medicine Stains

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    Liquid tonics have come a long way from the cod liver oil and bitter potions of our grandparents.

    Pharmacies and manufacturers have added flavors and colors that make taking liquid medicines more appealing but the dyes also leave stains. ​Learn how to get them out.

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    How to Remove Greasy Ointment or Salve Stains

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    While ointments and salves can soothe a stuffy noise or help a wound to heal, they can also leave greasy stains on sheets and clothes. It is important to remove these stains as soon as possible to prevent permanent staining - especially on clothes.

    A tip to get you started, always use the edge of a spoon or dull knife to lift away as much of the ointment as possible. Do not rub! That only pushes the greasy mess deeper into fabric fibers. Learn how to get out the stains that get left behind on the...MORE sheets.

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  • 05 of 07

    How to Remove Vomit, Urine, and Feces Stains

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    Accidents happen to the best of us. You can try your best to be prepared and sometimes it just isn't enough. And, these accidents always seem to happen in the middle of the night.

    Here's a tip that might make your life a little easier. Keep an extra set or two of sheets in the room of the sick person. That will save middle of the night fumbling as you try to find clean sheets.

    All of these stains are protein stains and are treated similarly to remove stains and odor. Master one, master...MORE all.

    How to Remove Vomit Stains and Odor

    How to Remove Urine Stains and Odor (includes carpet stain removal tips)

    How to Remove Feces Stains and Odor

     

     

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    How to Remove Blood Stains

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    Blood is also a protein stain and needs to be handled with the correct water temperature to prevent excessive stains. Treat blood stains as quickly as possible and they should be simple to remove by following some simple steps.

  • 07 of 07

    How to Disinfect Your Washer

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    Your washer can harbor germs and bacteria and should be cleaned regularly especially after an illness has run rampant through a household.

    This is especially important if you mainly use cold water for washing. Protect your family with some simple steps that will leave you with a clean washer.