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Dr. Beckmann Airs Britain’s Dirty Laundry

03 Nov 2014

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Leading laundry experts, Dr Beckmann, have uncovered some gruesome facts about the state of your so-called ‘clean’ washing.

Gruesome garments

You might want to reconsider the cleanliness of your washing after researchers found almost 90% of tea towels in US kitchens contained bacteria! Coliform (enteric) bacteria were detected in 89.0% and E. coli in 25.6% of kitchen tea-towels, respectively.

We all know that gym clothes can be the worst offenders when it comes to stench and staining – even after washing – but why? A 2014 study found that polyester and synthetic materials are fabrics that the bacteria and fatty acids produced in our sweat easily cling to.

As for underwear, microbial assessments to evaluate the infection risks associated with laundry found an estimated average of 0.1g grams (10,000 organisms) of faecal matter on every pair of ‘clean’ knickers! A whopping 83% of laundered samples contained living bacteria.


Laundry hygiene expert, Dr Lisa Acklerley, is alarmed by the threat of cross-contamination from washing dirty garments with other household items: “If you put something ridden with bacteria in the washing machine you will simply be swishing the germs around – creating a ‘bacterial soup’. I am very concerned about bacteria from soiled underwear transferring onto items such as tea towels which are then used to wipe dishes.” Studies have shown that a build-up of bacteria in the inside of the washing machine transfers to the wash water of subsequent cycles – with as many as one million bacteria found in just two tablespoons of wash water.


According to a 2007 study of Life Expectancy of Home Components, the average life expectancy of a washing machine is just 10 years. So what can you to ensure yours lasts longer than expected, reduce the costs of expensive repairs and clean your laundry hygienically?

A simple, regular maintenance wash of 60-90oC (without laundry) using a washing machine cleaner such as Dr Beckmann’s Service-It Deep Clean Washing Machine Cleaner will help to reduce the build up of bacteria and mould inside your washing machine. Deep Clean kills 99.9% of microorganisms and bacteria (inc. MRSA, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus, E. coli and Enterococcus) as proven by independent testing. This product hygienically cleans your washing machine, ridding it from bacteria build-up, mould and the associated bad odours and saving you time and money on expensive washing machine repairs and call-outs.


Did you know…?

– The UK’s most ‘heavy duty’ domestic washing-avid is a 40 year old woman from Leeds, who puts on an impressive 17 loads of washing per week!

– 40% of men have never used a washing machine or tumble dryer

– On average, 10% of clothes are spoiled by errors when men use the washing machine

– 75% of mums tell fibs when they make a mistake with their washing and ruin a garment




–        Callewaert, et al., (2014) Applied and Environmental Microbiology

–        Society for General Microbiology, 2013

–        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2400567/How-eco-friendly-cool-wash-infest-clothes-GERMS.html (2013)

–        http://buildipedia.com/at-home/hvac-electrical-plumbing/11-31-23-residential-laundry-appliances, Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components (2007).

–       Dr. Beckmann customer database (October 2014)

–        Ackerley, L. (2013), Hygiene Audit Systems

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