Sanitary Laundry Practices

Whether it be any normal day or during this Shelter In Place while handling COVID-19, Team HMC would like to share some helpful information to help keep you and your community healthy when it comes to shared Laundry Room practices. Below you will find some of our healthy practice tips for doing laundry in a shared space, as well as the CDC's guidelines for handling and cleaning laundry that has come into contact with those infected by COVID-19.

  • Be Sanitary & Thorough: Before & After - Before touching anything make sure that you are sanitized and wearing a clean pair of gloves. Wipe down any surfaces, handles, knobs and any other commonly touched items before you use them. Repeat this process After you are all done using the appliances and surfaces. Dispose of your gloves and wash your hands with warm water and soup or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Separate Loads: If you or anyone else in your household is sick, be sure to keep those clothes in a separate collection of laundry. To aid in the sanitation of any infected clothing, try adding a bleaching agent (chlorine or oxygen-based) to your load of laundry.

  • Use Heat: The CDC Guidelines recommend drying the fabric on the highest heat setting, if applicable, as well as washing with warm water, as to further aid in the sanitation of your clothing.

  • Be Quick: Bedding and Clothing should be collected and washed as soon as possible to prevent the spread of the virus. Please keep in mind that your fellow community members may need to use the machines/facility as well. We must continue to respect social distancing while we maintain our healthy day to day lives. Do not leave your clothes unattended for long periods of time.

Thank you for taking these steps towards keeping yourself and your community healthy. We appreciate everyone's ability to come together during this stressful time.