- 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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Commercial Laundry Cited by OSHA
ELM GROVE, W. Va. — Uwanta Linen Supply, a commercial laundry, was recently cited for 21 health and safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The laundry faces $62,400 in penalties for the violations. Eighteen of the the 21 violations are considered serious by OSHA. The serious violations include failing to properly guard floor holes and failing to provide hepatitis B vaccines to workers who are potentially exposed to blood borne pathogens.