- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: I have a problem with towels – they smell of mildew no matter how many times I wash them. Bleaching the white towels has worked, but since I can't bleach the colored towels how do I disinfect them?
Answer: For the colored bath towels, there are a couple of things you can do. First; buy a detergent that has a sanitizer claim on the label. Follow the direction as to the amount of product required and then soak the towels overnight in water temperatures of 110-120 degrees. The following day drain the wash and rewash normally, which should kill the mildew.
Second method; Use your normal detergent in water temperatures of 110-120 degrees and let the machine wash for approximately 5 minutes. After that time turn back your timer to the start position and add 3-4 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide to the machine. Washing the load normally from there should kill any mildew in the towels.
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Got Bedbugs? Help Is Here
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) launched the www.bedbugtoolkit.com, a free online resource to help hotel owners and operators stop bed bugs before they spread. The kit features downloadable materials on how to train staff to detect bed bugs early and actions to take when they suspect a guest room is infested. The digital toolkit includes a fact sheet about how bed bugs spread, their life-cycle and where they like to hide; a poster on bed bug detection; an instructional video showing where to inspect for bed bugs and what signs to look for; and a convenient pocket card for housekeeping staff with directions on how to inspect a room and what to do if bed bugs are found.