Laundry, how to wash clothes. How much? Just found out,

Posted on: Fri, 08/03/2018 - 12:27pm
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Laundry, how to wash clothes. How much? Just found out, after a swelling incident and a mad drive to the ER, that my 4.5 year old son is probably allergic to peanuts (we're going to the allergists asap). While in the ER he vomited the entire contents of his stomach, and the swelling and redness almost immediately started receding and had vanished within 15 minutes (of course he had received an epi injection, benadryl and a steroid).

I'm freaking out. I'm sure that's common, and I'm talking heart by reading many of the messages and discussion on this website (thank you!) so I know I'm not alone as a parent, but wow this is scary.

But, here's my question. I'm certain there was a little residue of peanuts left on my son's clothes from the vomit. Washed all vomited-on items in the heavy duty cycle separately with detergent and, then, washed them together with all of his other clothes. Is that good enough?

How good is a standard clothes washing cycle when it comes to getting rid of peanut residue?

Or am I just being completely frantic and paranoid?

Posted on: Sun, 08/03/2014 - 12:29pm
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Just to be clear, the vomited-on clothes went through an entirely second wash cycle, they were just mixed in with all of the rest of his clothes.

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2014 - 8:24am
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After the stressful ordeal of a severe reaction and cleaning up the aftermath, the sanest of us might be a little OCD. [Ick Alert] The "good" thing is that the residue was dissolved or suspended in vomit, if the vomit stain is out and the item smells like normal laundry, you are probably ok.
On the other hand, if you have other clothing for your son, and it is not his favorite or has no sentimental value, maybe throwing the item away (giving it away, burning it ...) might be cathartic. That day is done. Let it go?
We have all had to deal with vomit - and not just because we are dealing with allergic reactions. A few thoughts coming from the mother that once sanitized a toddler's basketball that had only been outside.
-Rinse the item and make sure no solids enter the washer. The swirling, flushing action of the toilet is really good for that - just don't let go!
-Once "just stained and smelly," wash in the washer on sanitize or stain cycle, pretreating if necessary. Basically the hottest water you have!
-Peanut residue can be a dust or an oil, use detergent or pre-treater has a "grease fighter" component. We use 409 for the tough stuff, and for dear daughter that load needs a second rinse - not for the stain but for the stain lifter!
-The less crowded the washer, the better the circulation of water and detergent. I have put single items in.
-White Vinegar instead of fabric softener. Vinegar may not be a great fabric softener, but it will help remove residues/smells and keeps your washer's innards clean of residue and mold.
My husband is allergic to most animal fur. We ride horses and hang out with barn animals at least once a week. Our protocol is "no hugging dad if you hugged the critters." Clothes go straight to the washer tub (not the hamper, not the corner behind your door, not the bathroom floor ...) We wash our barn duds in detergent (hypoallergenic) and use vinegar in the rinse cycle instead of softener. We wash the clothes on "sanitize" or "stain cycle" which bumps up the water temp, and add "extra rinse." He has no problems with these items after a wash.
About that basketball, just so you don't send me a self service straight jacket, it had been a really long flu season I was sleep deprived, trying to sell a house and working on relocating our family to a new state. Like you, I too was stressed, not OCD! Thank goodness my pediatrician kept a straight face as I explained all I was doing to protect my first born from germs.
I made his day!
By the way, if the hygeine theory were completely correct, my first born should have had the allergies not my younger child who ate off the floor, other peoples plates, plus is sensitive to disinfectants, soaps and detergents
... and that basketball was never sterilized again. Long live good dirt!

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:17am
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Thank you! I wish I hadn't made the mistake of throwing the clothes together in the washing machine even if the ones covered in vomit were washed separately (just two items) in the heavy duty cycle. Should have just thrown them away. Oh well. I do appreciate the words of support, though! :) Frankly, four days into this and my stress level is even higher than it was in the hospital!

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