Originally Posted by gassadi
There is a new sign in the laundry room at our apartment complex that says washing cloth diapers is a public health hazard.
I prewash all of mine by hand before I wash them in the machines; then I run an extra cycle of hot water after i take the diaper load out.
Does anyone have info on the truth of the public health hazard idea and what I could do if I need to use public washing machines? I don't mind going to a laundry mat outside our complex, but I don't know if there is any rule or regulation in Florida that says you can't wash CD in a public machine.
What if I lived in your apt building and I had a really bad cold and threw up all over my sheets? where am I supposed to wash those? What if I was at the park and slipped on the grass and fell in a pile of dog doo-doo? What if I am gross and launder my towels INFREQUENTLY....so that 3x a year, I am washing SUPER gross nasty bath towels? What if I use a dishrag in my sink and it gets really funky every week and I wash that in the washers? What about my personal lice infestation? I have to wash my bedding and clothes!
There are plenty of things that are, in my mind, way
grosser than rinsed cds. Furthermore, hot dryers kill a LOT of bugs.
The CDC offers this advice:http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/disease/mrsa.asp
for dealing with your nasty Staph. bacteria infestations....
|Wash soiled sheets, towels, and clothes with water and laundry detergent. Dry clothes in a hot dryer, rather than air-drying. This also helps kill bacteria in clothes.
Also, this advice for infectious disease control in disaster settings (I highlighted my favorite parts in red
|-Garments heavily soiled with stool should be handled carefully, wearing gloves, and placed in a plastic bag for disposal. If stool can easily be removed using toilet paper, the garment may be laundered as described below.
-Wash clothing in a washing machine using normal temperature settings and laundry detergent.
-Household bleach can be used in the rinse water at normal concentrations
-Dry clothes in a dryer, if possible.
-There is no need to disinfect the tubs of washers or tumblers of dryers if cycles are run until they are completed.