Better Laundry Habits

Boil your underwear. In long-ago days, all sheets, towels,

table cloths, and underwear were separated and boiled.

With the convenience of our electric washing machine, we

tend to overlook the fact that underwear is always contaminated

by fecal matter and urogenital secretions and excretions. Mixing

these with socks and towels and dishcloths is all right if you are

going to kill everything anyway. But if you don't kill them, as in

cold water washes, you are mixing the yeast, parasite eggs,

bacterial spores, and fungus from underwear with all the other

clothing you and your family wear. An enlightened system would

be to add an antiseptic to the wash or rinse cycle. Lime water

(calcium hydroxide) or iodine based antiseptics seem obviously

simple methods to accomplish this. In the absence of this

protection, use dryer heat to do your sterilizing. Underwear

should be dried until too hot to handle.

Bleach can kill a lot, but doesn't kill Giardia spores and a lot

of types of fungus. Don't rely on bleaching. Besides, your skin

absorbs it from clothing, it is quite toxic to you, and can cause

mental effects.

Commercial detergents are polluted with PCBs and have

cobalt added. Both of these are easily picked up through your

skin. Use washing soda and borax in the wash cycle. They do

not clean quite as well as modern detergents, but there is less

static cling, eliminating the need to put more chemicals in your

dryer. For spot removal use homemade bar soap.



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