How do I treat laundry after a ring worm infestation?
That’s too bad about the ringworm! To disinfect white or safely bleachable colored laundry, wash in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular Bleach2. For extra-large or heavily soiled laundry, use up to 1 ¼ cups. Note that you should avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, spandex, and leather.
Unfortunately there is no product to disinfect any and all colored laundry. For any product to make this claim it must have an EPA registration which is obtained by successfully completing required tests to demonstrate efficacy. It’s good to know there are definitely some colored fabrics than can be safely bleached with Clorox® Regular Bleach2, and this primarily depends on which type of dye was used to color the fabric. You can easily test bleachability as follows:
I have had success safely bleaching many different colored items: light colored linens and towels, cotton boxer shorts, and 100% polyester fleece, just to name a few. Assuming your items pass, you can wash them in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular Bleach2 as directed above. For items that don’t pass the bleachability test, you can try the following techniques to at least reduce the germ count.
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