Can clothes and towels spread germs?

Yes. Clothes and towels spread germs. The available studies have provided a comprehensive list of toxic microbes such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses and helminths that can spread when clothes and towels are used by more than one person. 

The bacteria and other microorganisms in clothes and towels can be influenced by many factors such as textile material, humidity, temperature, the thickness of the material, handling and way of usage. Often the source of most microbes is human skin and bodily secretions. 

In conclusion, it is essential to wash clothes the right way to control the growth of toxic microorganisms. A study has shown that temperature plays a crucial role in controlling pathogens. This study suggests that 40°C to 60°C is good for inactivating pathogens. Also, the quality of detergents and whether used as recommended on the back of the packaging are again essential for controlling the growth of pathogens. Another recommendation is to use additives and bleach in washes below 20°C.

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