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Keeping clothes and bed linens clean can take time, but it's worth the effort. It can help the person you're caring for stay healthy and feel clean. Clothes and bed linens become soiled when they come into contact with things like urine, stool, or vomit. Washing soiled clothes and linens right away can help reduce infection from germs.
Soiled clothes and linens can cause infection when they come into contact with people or with any items around the home. So be sure to handle them with care and wear gloves. Hold them away from you, and keep them from touching clean surfaces or other clean linens.
If you can't wash dirty clothes or linen right away, store them in a container with a lid and wash them as soon as you can.
You can clean clothes and linens in a washing machine, using laundry detergent. Always wear disposable gloves when handling soiled clothes or linens. And always wash them separately from other items.
Current as of:
March 17, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineGayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse
Current as of: March 17, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse
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