WASHING clothes on a “cool” eco setting fuels the spread of flu, an expert fears.
Prof Anthony Hilton warns that the 30C water is not hot enough to kill viruses.
A professor has warned that washing clothes at 30C may not be hot enough to kill viruses[/caption]
It means germs, including flu and E.coli, are spread through the clean laundry.
Instead, the microbiologist says water should be at least 60C.
Using detergent, tumble drying and ironing also help to kill viruses.
He added: “Laundering is about killing germs and washing at 30C won’t do that.
Germs such as flu and E.coli can be spread through clean laundry[/caption]
“Most germs thrive at body temperature of 37C.”
Washing machine makers encourage owners to use the 30C cycle to save money and the planet.
But the eco mode will save as little as £13 a year while putting owners health at risk.
Prof Hilton, from Aston University, said there had been a drive to get people to wash clothes at lower temperatures.
Professor Hilton warns that you should wash clothes at 60C to kill viruses[/caption]
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But he added: “From an environmental point of view, that is certainly a good move and fine if you only want to make clothes smell nice.
“You need to be getting the temperature up to at least 60C to kill germs that cause life-threatening illnesses.
“Mixed messages about what temperature to use are causing what we call confusion.”
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