Laundry – Infection Control

Chemex Infection ControlIt is a DHSS requirement that hospital laundries use wash temperatures high enough to thermally disinfect most of the linen to prevent cross-infection.

This requirement may not be made so clear in other laundry situations. It is strongly recommended that nursing homes and care homes which deal with soiled and infected laundry adopt these same principles.

Wash temperatures of 65 to 70°C are adequate to thermally disinfect laundry. In some cases, when dealing with delicate fabrics and personal garments the wash temperature has to be reduced to 40°C. In these cases a chemical or ozone disinfection stage is incorporated.

Chemex AntiBak

To sterilise laundry, add powder into a pre-wash or rinse cycle so that a 1.5% concentration is achieved in the water.

The exact amount required will depend on the amount of water used by the specific model of washing machine.

AntiBak Powder is suitable for use in a wide range of High Level Disinfection activities in:

Hospitals • Dentists • Chiropodists • Mortuaries • Pathology Labs

Energy saving (money saving) motives to reduce the wash temperature should be very carefully considered before adopting such a system, especially where soiled, infected laundry is concerned. Thermal disinfection is known to be a reliable way of producing sanitised laundry.

Items requiring thermal disinfection:

  • Handkerchiefs
  • All bedding
  • Towels and flannels
  • Tea towels, kitchen cloths
  • Tablecloths and napkins
  • Colour coded cloths and mops
  • Work wear / tabards from infected areas