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Disinfecting Laundry

By Dr. Laundry October 12, 2011

Q: How would I kill Staphylococci bacteria, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, and MRSA on scrubs?

A:  To disinfect laundry in a standard clothes washer (deep fill, top loading) add ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach for a regular load (and up to 1 ¼ cup for an extra-large load) along with your regular detergent.   If you have a clothes washer that requires you to use a bleach dispenser, and the dispenser’s capacity is less than ¾ cup, then soak the items of concern for 5 minutes in a solution of ¼ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water before washing in your clothes washer for guaranteed disinfecting of Staph, Pseudomonas, and MRSA.