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My dishwasher has a coil in it that raises the temperature. The manufacturer says it’s to kill the pathogens.
The clothes washer does not, so that the temperature is just what come out of the water heater, 120o – 140o The only other cleaning material is what’s available over the counter ~ Tide,
Do hospital clothes washer washers have a special element to super heat the water, or special soaps?
If I work in a hospital am I killing the germs that I am bringing home? Do I need special soap or a new machine?

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Industrial laundry machines do indeed have a means to raise water temperatures to the boiling point if desired. They inject live steam into the bottom of the washer which raises the temperature very quickly.
I just knew that after 38 years in the industry I'd sooner or later be able to answer a question about one phase of it.


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Heck, I never use that coil in the bottom of the dishwasher. All it does is melt all your plastic stuff. Like the cool whip containers that I use to store stuff. I've had them for many years. Germs like it wet. Get everything good and dry and the germs die.

As for clothes. Washing them is hard on them and washing them in hot or warm water is worse. I only use warm for the underwear and socks. My jeans and t-shirts are washed in cold. And, yes they come out clean. But, I do spray a little Shout on the greasy spots.

But, The worst thing for clothing is clothes dryers. All that lint you are taking out of the lint screen is the cotton from your clothes. I only machine dry my socks and underwear. Every thing else is hung out to dry. In the winter I have it in my basement because it adds some much needed moisture to the house.

I can get years out of a jeans by just using these few simple tricks. The money I save allows me to go camping more often. And, when the Jeans are too wore out I cut them off and use them for swimming in the lake or when I'm out on the boat fishing. The t-shirts become cut off sleeve swimming or fishing shirts. After that they all get cut up and become rags in the shop. You kids will never understand this sort of thing I know.

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