When laundry plays into the sickness

After a wonderful weekend with friends, family, and fun, my husband and I were abruptly awoken by our 7-year-old son vomiting violently from the top of his bunk bed. All parents know that sound. It startles you immediately from your sleep and a wave of anxiety hits you like a dagger. Not only will you spend the next several hours holding your sick child, but your mind is overcome with the thought of how to contain this miserable virus from the rest of your family.

After jumping quickly out of bed, my husband and I both went about our duties:

Running a bath for the sick child
Stripping the bed
Sopping up the carpet
Shampooing the carpet
Gathering all infected clothes, blankets, and towels
Spraying down all infected surfaces

Up until a few years ago, I would get all of these clothes, blankets, and pillows into the laundry and assume that they would come out virus and bacteria free. Surely they were safe to handle after washing in an $800 washing machine! But here’s the facts. Hot water and detergent alone DO NOT kill bacteria and viruses. Don’t believe me? Just check out this awesome website where Dr. Ann Pryor, who has a PHD in biochemistry from The Ohio State University can tell you that the traditional way of doing laundry will not kill germs.

Feeling sick to your stomach yet? Well here’s the good news. There is a way to clean your clothes using your current washing machine that will actually kill the bacteria and viruses. That way is pureWash. Using a natural disinfectant called ozone, pureWash cleans and sterilizes your clothes better than bleach without adding chemicals to your clothing. When you use cold water and pureWash, your washing machine becomes a powerful purifying machine. And I’m not talking just about clothes and blankets. pureWash Pro has a port where you can use the ozone-infused water to spray down surfaces, add to your carpet shampoo, and even clean the laundry basket you carried everything to the laundry room in.

It’s days like today that make me so thankful that I have a pureWash Pro. As I sit here listening to my washing machine running, I know that those blankets, clothes, and towels are coming out virus-free. And for any mother, that brings enough peace of mind to make it through another day.