Hard surfaces, linens, dishes and laundry in the sick room should be freshened on a daily basis. Go over surfaces such as doorknobs, bedside tables, bathroom sinks, counters with water and dish soap, or common household cleaners that kill germs.
A sick person's dishes can be washed with dish soap or placed in the dishwasher. Similarly, there is no need to separate out a sick person's laundry. Everything can be washed together.
Just follow your normal routine, and tumble dry on a hot setting. As you are loading the washer, hold the laundry away from your face and wash your hands immediately.
Dr. Brenda Hill, Ph.D., is an Extension Educator of Family and Consumer Sciences at Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, a division of Oklahoma State University.