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What clothes should be washed at high temperatures: why is it so

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Things that come into contact with the body need more careful attention

Most of us try to wash clothes and home textiles at low temperatures. Firstly, this mode is more gentle on fabrics, and secondly, it helps to save on electricity. However, some things still need to be cleaned in the hottest water possible.

Experts say that this is the only way to get rid of bacteria, fungi, persistent odors, stains on fabrics, and at the same time clean the washing machine. OBOZ.UA asked what kind of things are best washed at temperatures of 60 degrees and above.

Underwear

Of course, lace bras and products with tight elastic bands require delicate care, but cotton underwear, socks, and T-shirts made of natural fabrics are best washed in hot water. This helps cleanse them of bacteria that get into the fibers. It also helps to get rid of stains.

Bath towels

Everything we use to wipe our bodies needs special care to get rid of bacteria and fungi. Microorganisms get into the fabric from our body and multiply well on towels hanging in a humid and warm room, such as a bathroom. Only a hot wash can do the trick.

Bed linen

For the same reasons, sheets, pillowcases, and other bedding should be washed at high temperatures. Especially when it comes to children's bedding, which can be contaminated not only with skin grease but also, for example, with urine. It is also necessary to clean the bedding of a person who is sick more thoroughly, as pathogens may remain on it. However, sheets made of silk or satin or woolen blankets will still need to be cleaned in cool water. These types of fabrics are not designed for hot washing.

Kitchen towels

These textiles accumulate a lot of stains that need to be removed in hot water. In addition, kitchen towels come into contact with bacteria - they are found on vegetables, meat, and milk. Therefore, you will have to take care of their hygiene separately.

Baby underwear

Delicate baby skin needs delicate care. And pediatricians recommend that one of its stages is to thoroughly wash clothes that are in direct contact with the child's body in hot water. In addition to this, it is a good idea to iron the baby's clothes additionally. Not to make them look better, but for high temperature disinfection. This approach will work better and will be safer than, say, bathing in herbs, which in fact do not help to make baby skin care more thorough, but can cause allergies.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you  what to do if things don't look clean and smell unpleasant even after hot washing.

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