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    Washing Machines May Sometimes Harbor Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Report Says

    Washing Machines May Sometimes Harbor Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Report Says
    But experts say the average person doesn't need to worry about germs in their washing machines.

    Washing machines have one job — to clean — but that doesn't mean they're germ-free. Indeed, a new study suggests they can sometimes harbor drug-resistant bacteria that could pose risks to susceptible people.

    The study researchers describe a unique case in which a washing machine was linked to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria to newborns at a German hospital. It appears to be the first reported case of a hospital's washing machine spreading harmful pathogens to patients, the authors said.

    The case is "highly unusual" for a hospital because it involved a household type of washing machine, rather than the industrial machines that are typically used in health care settings, said study lead author Dr. Ricarda Schmithausen, a senior physician at the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health at University Hospital Bonn in Germany.
    https://www.livescience.com/washing-...-bacteria.html

    I'm not a germaphobe but I think I'll do a cycle with some antimicrobial liquid every month or so just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott View Post
    https://www.livescience.com/washing-...-bacteria.html

    I'm not a germaphobe but I think I'll do a cycle with some antimicrobial liquid every month or so just in case.
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    Hot water will work just fine. If you have to be paranoid, put some vinegar in it.

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    The washer I have now has its own cleaning cycle mode and it'll alert when it's time to run a cycle. No idea what it does since it doesn't use detergent or anything else. Just hot water, I suppose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Marva View Post
    Hot water will work just fine. If you have to be paranoid, put some vinegar in it.
    Local guy on the news here said pretty much the same thing.

    It seems to be a thing for the local TV stations around here: when there is some sort of national medial news story, they stampede to Vanderbilt, where there is no shortage of people with at least some tangential relationship to medicine who will bloviate on the story for a 30-second soundbyte: ebola, swine flu, etc.


    This was some sort of infectious disease guy who said that if you're worried about something like this, just run a small load on hot and you should be fine. The difference here with the hospital in Germany is that your home washer winds up with a little bit of water left in it at the end of the cycle because the pump can't get out every drop, whereas commercial machines just have a valve that opens in the bottom to drain everything out. Regardless, this really isn't much of a worry because your average, ordinary American isn't at home loading MRSA-soaked bed linens into their Kenmore and throwing in a Tide pod. It's just not a real risk in the real world.
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