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Old 06-26-2006, 10:41 AM
Szlater is offline
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Originally Posted by One And Only Wanderers
How hot a wash cycle would it take to kill bacteria? Or is this dependant upon the type of bacteria?
Considering you get thermophilic bacteria that hang around in hot springs and around the deep ocean thermal vents I'd say it's pretty dependant on the type of bacteria.

However, pathogenic bacteria generally thrive in a small temperature band that is similar to the human body (iirc, 35-40C). That's not to say they can't survive at higher or lower temps, just that they do best in that temp range.

As for the best way to rid clothes of bacteria, imo it's simple. Dry the clothes as thoroughly as possible, preferably outdoors where the sun's UV light will add to the effect.