HCFI PHM Consensus statement: Fabric hygiene


Dr KK Aggarwal    26 October 2019

  • Fabric hygiene is an important component of personal hygiene.
  • Clothes are a potential vehicle of transmission of infections.
  • Dirty clothes may be contaminated with resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in healthcare settings.
  • Wash clothes regularly to remove and inactivate micro-organisms and also to remove odor. 
  • Clothes should not only be visible clean but also hygienically clean.
  • Always choose a quality laundry detergent to wash clothes.
  • Wash contaminated clothes in a hot wash with a bleach-based detergent 
  • Dry the clothes as soon as washing is complete to prevent growth of mold. Clothes should be sun-dried.


Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

President Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Past National President IMA

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