Fresh and properly disinfected laundry has become a priority for many of us in recent years. One product that has gained immense popularity due to its disinfecting properties is Zoflora. But can you put it in the washing machine?
Yes, you can put Zoflora in the washing machine. However, you should never use it together with a detergent.
According to Zoflora, you can use the disinfectant to sanitise your washer, and even to sanitise your laundry, but you can’t put it in the washing machine together with laundry detergent or softener during a wash cycle.
How To Use Zoflora In The Washing Machine
As a generic household disinfectant, Zoflora is known for its ability to kill 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria. You can use the product on most hard surfaces, and even in laundry. However, you can’t use it during a regular wash cycle.
According to the manufacturer, you can use it to sanitise your washer in two ways:
- You can dilute one capful of disinfectant in 400 millilitres of water. Soak a cloth in the solution and wipe down the exterior of your washer.
- To remove foul odours coming from your washing machine, you can add two capfuls of Zoflora to the empty drum and run an empty hot cycle (without any laundry).
You should NEVER use Zoflora in the washing machine whilst you’re doing laundry. That’s because you should never mix the product with any other substance, including laundry detergent.
This disinfectant can react with other chemicals and produce toxic fumes that could put your life in danger.
Advice on the Internet claims that it is safe to use Zoflora in the washing machine while doing laundry, as long as you add the disinfectant to the rinse cycle. However, detergent residues in your laundry could still react with Zoflora.
To stay on the safe side, use the product only as instructed.
5 Ways To Use Zoflora To Disinfect Linens And Fabrics
As mentioned, putting Zoflora in the washing machine during a normal wash cycle is not recommended.
However, there are ways to disinfect your clothes and fabrics.
1. Pre-Soak Your Clothes
One of the simplest, safest ways to use Zoflora in laundry is to skip its use in the washing machine and pre-soak the load instead.
Fill a basin or sink with water and add a capful of Zoflora. Soak your garments for 15 minutes to half an hour, rinse, and transfer them to the washing machine. You can now run a normal wash cycle.
Whilst this method won’t preserve the fresh fragrance Zoflora is famous for, it will disinfect your laundry.
2. Run a Pre-Wash Cycle
An alternative to pre-soaking is running a pre-wash cycle. Simply add one or two capfuls of product directly into the drum, together with your laundry.
Select a pre-wash program, then run a rinse cycle to get rid of any traces of Zoflora.
Load your regular detergent into the washer’s tray and run a normal wash cycle. Again, this method won’t preserve the fragrant smell, but it will disinfect your clothes.
3. Run an Additional Rinse Cycle
A way to preserve the fragrance and disinfect your clothes without risking nasty chemical reactions is to use Zoflora at the end of the wash cycle.
Run a normal load of laundry, using your regular detergent. Allow the washing machine to rinse the clothes, but you can skip spinning at this stage.
At the end of the normal cycle, add a capful of Zoflora to the rinse portion of the tray (this is where the laundry softener goes). Run an additional rinse cycle.
If you want to get rid of excess moisture, spin the clothes at the end.
4. Skip the Detergent
If your clothes are clean, but you’re concerned about germs and microorganisms, you can wash the laundry with Zoflora alone.
Add one or two capfuls of product in the washer tray, in the place where laundry detergent would normally go (you should clean the tray before this step, to make sure there is no trace of detergent in it).
Run a short cycle to disinfect your laundry.
Note that whilst Zoflora can disinfect fabrics, it doesn’t clean anything. Hence, if your clothes are soiled, you should either wash them beforehand or soak them in disinfectant before washing.
5. Use Zoflora in Dryer
If you’re not too concerned about disinfecting your laundry but want to use Zoflora for its smell, you can infuse the scent into your clothes by adding a few drops of the product into the dryer.
Alternatively, you can soak a clean cloth in Zoflora and throw it in the dryer together with the laundry load. As the produce evaporates, the vapours will soak right into the fabrics.
Other Ways To Disinfect Fabrics With Zoflora
Beyond adding Zoflora to the washing machine, there are other ways you can use the product to freshen up or disinfect all types of fabrics around your home.
Spraying the product on carpets, curtains, and couches is an easy way to get rid of germs and freshen up the air in your rooms.
You can also spray the diluted product on pillows and cushions.
To clean kitchen towels and cloths, you can simply soak them in a sink filled with diluted Zoflora. Rinse thoroughly and wash with detergent.
Regardless of the way you decide to use Zoflora on fabrics, remember to always test the product on an inconspicuous area before treating the entire item.
Zoflora is a versatile disinfectant that can be used in the washing machine, but only as long as you’re using it on its own. Whilst this product can be diluted with water, it shouldn’t be mixed with other chemicals.
Substances it should never mix with are not limited to soaps and laundry detergents. Zoflora shouldn’t be mixed with bicarbonate of sodium or other natural cleaners either.
As long as you follow this rule, it is safe to use Zoflora in the washing machine, in the clothes dryer, or to wash garments manually.