Why is our laundry still so dirty?
How does this happen? While it has never been proven that bacteria on clothing spread illness, Gerba told The Housekeeping Channel that each pair of dirty underwear contains about one-tenth of a gram of bacteria-carrying feces, which is about the same size as a quarter of a peanut. Detergent and water remove 99 percent of those nasty organisms -- but not all of them.
over all the store areas, looking for bugs, broken machines, mold and finally pulling out a thermometer to measure the water temperature. I thought to myself "here we go again with the 140 degree hot water request." The water was 138 degrees and the inspector said she would not cite the location. I thought great, because I knew one half of the natural gas bills goes to heating hot water and If you raise the temperature too high you run the risk of scalding your customers and increasing your gas bill.
HOW HOT IS YOUR WASH WATER
The other day I was visiting a friend at his Laundromat and a well-dressed lady in a suit approached me and handed me her card. She was from the Los Angeles Department of Health and was there to do a health inspection of the Laundromat. My heart sank. I didn't even own the Laundromat and my stomach was doing a flip-flop. My years in the business have taught me that very little good can be on the way when a government suit inspects. Clipboard in hand she went
I have always believed, along with most owners, there is no germicidal benefit of water temperatures below 180 degrees. Most Laundromats keep their hot water at between 120 and 130 degrees so save money on their utility bills. Then I read this article.
"CLEAN" LAUNDRY STILL DIRTY"
by AOL Health Editors May 14, 2010
Your underwear is dirty -- even the undergarments that just came out of the dryer smelling as sweet as a spring morning. Why? Twenty-five percent of home washing machines are contaminated with fecal bacteria, according to Dr. Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
DO YOU NEED 140 DEGREE WATER?