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Keeping clothes and bed linens clean can take time, but it's worth the effort. It can help the person you're caring for stay healthy and feel clean. Clothes and bed linens become soiled when they come into contact with things like urine, stool, or vomit. Washing soiled clothes and linens right away can help reduce the chance of infection from germs.
Soiled clothes and linens can spread germs, so be sure to handle them with care. You can wear disposable gloves if you have them. Hold soiled clothes and linens away from you, and keep them from touching clean surfaces or other clean linens.
If you can't wash dirty clothes or linens right away, store them in a tightly closed, disposable plastic bag or a container with a lid and wash them as soon as you can.
You can clean clothes and linens in a washing machine, using laundry detergent. You may want to wear disposable gloves when handling soiled clothes or linens. And always wash them separately from other items.
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Adaptation Date: 9/6/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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