Originally Posted by Manena
ACK! I hope you ladies aren't washing your wipe cloths with other laundry, especially tea towels and dish cloths. They should be washed separately and bleach should be added. Vinegar freshens and softens but it doesn't kill bacteria.
Actually, that's not true. Vinegar does kill bacteria. From an FDA info page
|Some people say that alcohol or vinegar can kill bacteria. Is this true?
Yes, ethanol and isopropyl alcohol and vinegar, which is an acetic acid, do kill bacteria.
....(some info about alcohol)...
|At acidic pH levels, many bacteria are inactivated by vinegar (acetic acid).
Of course, they are talking about straight vinegar (in the concentration you generally buy it from the store). So it's pretty dilute when you add it to the wash. But vinegar does kill bacteria.
I've also been told that the high heat of both water and the dryer (dried on high) will kill any bacteria.
Not to mention this little gem of knowledge. From science news
|Think household germs, and chances are you'll think of the bathroom.
Yet when scientists from the University of Arizona in Tucson sample surfaces from kitchens and bathrooms in the same house, "consistently, kitchens come up dirtier," notes microbiologist Carlos Enriquez. This trend holds even for disease-causing germs spread by fecal contamination, such as the Escherichia coli coliform bacteria.
"We have swabbed the toilet rim, for instance, and seldom do we find fecal coliform bacteria there, surprising as that may sound," he observes.
Enter the kitchen, though, and they're everywhere--in the sponges, dish towels, sink, even on countertops. "So my boss usually jokes about it being safer eating dinner in the bathroom," he says.
At any rate, I currently wash my wipes with only other very "dirty" rags (like from cleaning the bathroom, the floors, etc).