International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

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April 2011: The Infection Risks Associated With Clothing and Household Linens in Home and Everyday Life Settings, and the Role of Laundry

IFH has produced a scientific review of the infection risks associated with clothing and household linens such as towels, bed linen and so on. This includes data on how, and to what extent, these items become contaminated with pathogenic organisms and how they survive and are spread. This is reviewed together with data on the extent to which we are exposed to these agents in our daily lives. The paper also reviews epidemiological data and data from quantitative risk modelling techniques assessing the link between laundry hygiene and infectious disease risk. The extent of the risks associated with clothing etc is also assessed in relation to risks associated with other surfaces such as the hands, hand and food contact surfaces and so on.

The report can be downloaded here