Fungicidal behavior of laundering detergents as a function of water temperature

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Georgette Durand (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Melvin Hurwitz

Abstract: The effects of varied detergent types and concentrations and of three laundering water temperatures on the sanitation of a typical 50 percent polyester/50 percent cotton blend sheeting were studied. Water temperatures selected were 43°, 51°, and 60°C. Six detergent types were chosen on the basis of distinctive components in their formulations; Tide, Oxydol, All, Biological Bold, Wisk, and Dynamo. The three detergent concentrations corresponded to half the recommendation of the manufacturer, the exact recommendation, and twice the recommendation. Sterile fabric specimens were inoculated with a broth culture of the fungus Trichophyton mentagrophytes and laundered at the regular wash cycle in a top-loading heavy-duty home washer. After laundering, fabric swatches were cut and deposited on RODAC plates. Contaminated fabric swatches were counted to determine fungal survival after laundering treatments. Data derived from RODAC counts were statistically analyzed using the analysis of variance procedure.

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Language: English
Date: 1983
Detergents $x Testing
Laundry $x Equipment and supplies

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