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Post# 940431   5/26/2017 at 21:18 (334 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Picked a bottle of the new Lysol Laundry Sanitizer. I hoped it would help me feel better about not being able to wash in real hot water. Sadly, I'm a bit disappointed.  It is made to go into the RINSE water and for maximum effect needs a 16 MINUTE RINSE cycle.  Of course neither  of these is going to happen with the Tag. I am going to try putting it in my blue ball to at least dump into rinse water. But, there ain't no way to get a 16 minute rinse out of the Tag.

Post# 940432 , Reply# 1   5/26/2017 at 21:25 (334 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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If the Lysol needs 16 mins of contact time. can you get your wash cycle to last for 16 mins, then in addition add some to your Downey Ball for the rinse too. This way you've accomolished the 16 min contact time in the wash, and added an additional layer of protection to the rinse water, part of which will remain in the clothing as it goes into the dryer. Just a thought.

Post# 940434 , Reply# 2   5/26/2017 at 21:30 (334 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Ah Eddie, you would think it would be that easy, but no! The bottle states it is not designed to be used with detergent. Although if set on heavy soil the TAG will extend the wash cycle for friggin ever.

Post# 940438 , Reply# 3   5/26/2017 at 22:02 (334 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

We discussed this earlier in a post from Launderess, I think. The product is quaternary ammonia-based. It has to be used after detergent and soil have been removed because both detergent and soil deactivate the quat. If nothing else, you can run the machine thru a complete cycle then soak the laundry in the quat solution for the 16 minutes. Are you using a coin-op machine with a fixed cycle? Unless you are really good at hand-wringing, I don't know how you can use it in a coin-op machine unless you have a little spinner in which you can spin out the laundry. 

Post# 940527 , Reply# 4   5/27/2017 at 14:25 (333 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Hygienic or "sanitizer" laundry rinses are not really necessary and often are more bother than they are worth.

This and do wish persons (in general) would understand the science behind such products before rushing out to purchase.

Perhaps one is jaded by having sat (and suffered through) bacteriology classes and a nursing education. But think about it; if "contaminated" laundry was such a huge issue you'd see hundreds if not thousands of illnesses and or deaths caused by contact; but you don't.

Have said this before and am doing so again; if you could see what is living on things you touch every day (including the computer keyboard you are typing upon right now), you'd never feel safe in your own skin ever again.

I'd be far more worried about persons using the loo and not washing their hands properly than risk of infection from laundry.

Post# 940546 , Reply# 5   5/27/2017 at 17:58 (333 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
I do like

the ad I've seen for it, where the young lady's bunny takes an unexpected dunk.....

The general "ick" factor runs deep, even in people who do other things at other times.


Post# 940554 , Reply# 6   5/27/2017 at 18:44 (333 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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I'm sure it plays well with selling to the Germ-o-phobe culture that they have long cultivated. It makes the Lysol folks a ton of money.

Perhaps it would be more useful for people that are line drying.

Post# 940563 , Reply# 7   5/27/2017 at 19:53 (333 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Perhaps it would be more useful for people that are line dry

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You is bad for saying that!


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Post# 940599 , Reply# 8   5/28/2017 at 01:31 (333 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Line drying can be good against germs too when the laundry on the line is exposed to sun light, the UV in the sun light will kill many of the cooties.

Post# 940600 , Reply# 9   5/28/2017 at 01:37 (333 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        
So true Louis,

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the sun is probably the best disinfectant of all, free, natural and effective. But many of use don't have this option for one reason or another.

Post# 940608 , Reply# 10   5/28/2017 at 03:27 (333 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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I think I'd take 160 deg F for 30+ minutes over the hopes of a little Solar UV if we are talking disinfecting...

Post# 940615 , Reply# 11   5/28/2017 at 05:50 (333 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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My strategy? Buy white: Bed and bath linens; kitchen towels/cloths; undergarments.

Post# 940621 , Reply# 12   5/28/2017 at 06:58 (333 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Well, I can always do a boilwash at 205F. ;-)

Post# 940635 , Reply# 13   5/28/2017 at 10:07 (332 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
It seems as if we have this discussion

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Over and over again. Living just under 2000m, I have no fear that sunlight around here actually is pretty effective at killing just about everything.

But, then, I wash in truly HOT water and regularly use either chlorine bleach or one of the cold water disinfectants.

Of course, I'm also one of those people who spray their keyboards and telephones with Lysol regularly.

99.9999999999% of getting rid of dangerous germs, though, is - as Laundress has pointed out here many times, cleaning the gunk and dirt off first. How the heck do you do that with useless cold water detergent and useless cold water washing?

Answer: You don't.

Someday (maybe soon) we'll have enzymes which actually clean in cold water - and cold water at our altitude for 10 months out of the year is below 2ºC - but until then, I'll take HOT water and STTP or TSP and a thorough soak at the optimal temperature for enzymes to work their magic.


Followed by line drying or a good tumble in the clothes dryer.


After thorough disinfection with chlorine bleach or cold-water disinfectant.


Oh, and just as in the spider discussions - being German not 'German-American' it would be well for the Europeans here to remember that other continents have different environmental conditions than do we in Central/Northern Europe and the UK. I'm very afraid of spiders and kill them on sight. Back home in Munich, I don't know how often friends and relations would say this represented unresolved psychological issues, blah-blah-blah. Yeah, right - we have one mildly unpleasant spider bite to worry about in Germany  and two of the three most venomous spiders LIVE and THRIVE here in the good ol' USofA.

Ditto snakes.


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