Charlie's Corner

April 14, 2020

How to Do Laundry During COVID-19

The word “clean” has taken on a whole new meaning in the era of COVID-19. We’ve relearned how to wash our hands, disinfectant wipes are nowhere to be found, and there’s a whole new market for fashionable face masks. But what about laundry – have the rules changed as far as laundry is concerned? Charlie’s Soap has a few tips and tricks for doing laundry during COVID-19.  

Reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure while doing laundry

The most current research suggests that COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person contact via respiratory droplets. There is a lack of conclusive evidence on the transmission of the virus from contaminated surfaces to humans. Due to a lack of documentation, the CDC recommends the following precautions when doing laundry during COVID-19: 

– Wear disposable gloves when doing laundry for someone who is ill, or has been exposed to COVID-19. 

– If you do not have gloves, wash your hands thoroughly after. 

– Do not shake dirty laundry. 

– Wash items in the warmest possible water temperature.

– Dry clothing fully before folding.

– Clean and disinfect laundry baskets, hampers, or other surfaces that may have been contaminated.

What should I do with laundry from a contaminated person? 

Experts are still not sure how long the new coronavirus lasts on surfaces. To err on the side of caution, potentially contaminated laundry separate. It’s ok to wash laundry for someone who is sick, but be sure to wear disposable gloves, and wash hands thoroughly. 

Is it safe to go to a laundromat? 

Laundromats are considered essential businesses in many states, so if your home is not equipped with a washer/dryer, there’s a good chance you’ll still be able to do your laundry. The Coin Laundry Association recommends the following precautions when using a laundromat to do laundry during COVID-19: 

– Protect yourself in public according to the most recent CDC recommendations. 

– Call ahead to make sure the laundromat is open. The rules on which businesses are considered to be “essential” can change on a dime, or your regular laundromat may have decided to close. 

– Protect yourself in public according to the most recent CDC recommendations. 

– Be prepared to wait. Depending on where you live, businesses may be enforcing “max capacity” policies. If you can go during off-peak hours, do so. 

– Consider bringing your own disinfectant to wipe down washers and dryers before using them. 

– Wait until you’re back at home to fold your clothes. 

Is it safe to use a laundry service or dry cleaning? 

It may be more convenient to use a laundry service or get your clothes dry cleaned, as long as proper social distancing recommendations are being followed. If you opt for a laundry service, keep the health of the laundry workers in mind by bundling your laundry and letting it sit a few days before sending it out. On the flip side, if a household member is in an at-risk category, let your clean bundles of laundry sit for a few days before opening them. 

Do I Need a Special Kind of Detergent? 

You CAN continue to use your favorite brand of detergent to do laundry during COVID-19. According to Don Schaffner, Ph.D., of Rutgers University, the combination of detergent, warm water, and physical agitation in the laundry cycle is critical to removing, inactivating, and rinsing away viral microbes. 

Charlie’s Soap is different from many other detergents. Most detergents simply mask dirt, stains, and odors, and in some cases actually linger in fabric. Charlie’s Soap, on the other hand, is designed to lift dirt and grime from fabric, then wash thoroughly away in the rinse cycle. Choose your favorite Charlie’s Soap product today!