Coronavirus has changed the way we live – literally overnight. Avoid touching your face, wash your hands frequently, clean, sanitise, disinfect – this is now the new normal. Even your laundry needs to adapt. In this current pandemic and the sudden need to kill all germs, including in the laundry, a few of the major players are marketing new “laundry sanitiser additives” to sanitise your wash. These products are a watered version of disinfectant re-labelled as a laundry sanitiser additive. Can you still just load your clothes into the washer and wash as usual?
Why should you add Laundry Sanitiser Additives to your wash?
Do you know that your laundry could make you sick too? Since viruses can live for hours on porous surfaces like clothing, it poses the risk of spreading the virus to other laundry items. In addition, most microorganisms present in soiled laundry survive the normal wash cycle; hence sanitising can go a long way towards totally eliminating those germs and viruses.
Fortunately, this process can be done without relying on toxic products. Here’s how you can sanitise your laundry safely and more effectively:
Tip #1: Use heat.
- A temperature of 60 degrees Celsius is said to kill bacteria and germs on clothing. The longer you wash your clothes in a hot water setting, the better. Put your washer in the longest wash cycle possible. However, you have to take extra precautions as the water can get really hot*.
- Dry your washed laundry in the dryer with high heat. The heat of the dryer will help in killing germs and other pathogens further*.
- Ironing your clothes is also a helpful way of sanitising your laundry. For it to be effective, you have to make sure you’re doing it thoroughly with enough heat exposure.*
- Sunlight is also extremely effective at sanitising; drying your laundry under the heat of the sun gives it an extra disinfecting boost.*
(Note: always check the specific instructions for your piece of clothing to ensure your clothing is not damaged).
Tip #2: Use essential oils.
Essential oils have natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It’s no wonder why these are added in some of the best home cleaning products in the market Euca’s Household Cleaning Products. The following are some of the essential oils you can add into your laundry wash if they aren’t already present:
A product of our native Australian Eucalyptus trees, eucalyptus oil is a powerhouse essential oil. It is a natural disinfectant, an antibacterial cleaner and a deodoriser. A few drops of this added to your laundry can help disinfect your clothes plus you’ll get a natural eucalyptus scent. Check out Euca’s Eucalyptus Laundry Powder here.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil packs quite the punch containing powerful properties such as antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial. Add 2 teaspoons of this oil to your laundry load to get the unwanted germs and bacteria off your clothes.
Packed with antibacterial antiseptic and antifungal properties, 10 drops of lavender oil added to your load helps with disinfecting. It also has a very relaxing smell that can help you sleep like an angel. Check out Euca’s Lavendar Laundry Powder here.
Tip #3: Get a washer with a sanitise cycle.
It doesn’t hurt to invest in a washer that cleans and sanitises your clothes at the same time. The sanitiser cycle will help reduce the microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and pathogens, present in your clothes. Not only that, but it will also prevent them from transferring from one load to another. The investment might be worth the peace of mind knowing that your laundry is clean and free from germs.
Tip #4: Add Euca Disinfectant to your laundry wash cycle
Our EUCA Disinfectant is 100% Australian made and is a commercial-grade concentrate. It has the powerful formula of pure Eucalyptus oil that cleans, disinfects, and deodorises.
Why choose EUCA Disinfectant as a Laundry Sanitiser Additives to your wash?
One of the main disinfecting ingredients of EUCA Disinfectant, aside from the Eucalyptus Oil, is the Quarternary Ammonium Compounds or Quats. These quats are a family of cationic disinfectants that carry a positive charge on one end of the molecule. What does this mean? With 3.5% quats on our EUCA Disinfectant spray and low alcohol formula, this makes us highly effective broad-spectrum disinfectant with quick contact time reaction against bacteria, enveloped viruses, pathogenic fungi, and mycobacteria.
How much disinfectant should you add to your wash?
Just add 20ml to 40ml of our disinfectant to your laundry wash cycle to aid in killing all the microorganisms. It’s’ even more effective when you use it with our EUCA Laundry Powder Concentrate for optimum cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting power.
- Sanitise your hampers and laundry baskets too by spraying our Euca Disinfectant spray regularly. This is particularly important when someone in your family is sick.
Laundry and other household chores, during winter and in the time of corona – can be extra tedious. But if your household is armed with the right information, tools, and products, you can develop healthier and safer habits to help keep your laundry clean, sanitised and safe.
Choose your sanitising agents carefully. Buy in bulk. You just need one bottle of EUCA Disinfectant to use around your entire house and add to your laundry wash. This way, you’re also helping reduce product packaging and any unnecessary use of plastic.
Keep your laundry sanitised, save yourself time and money, and save the planet at the same time.
Choose Euca for a better clean.