Washing Your Way To Fewer Outbreaks.
As you may already know, Tinea Versicolor (TV) is a persistent skin fungus that won’t go away without a fight.
I equate TV to the Tasmanian Devil. When it gets wound up, it’s hard to stop. When you think it’s gone, it’s not; it’s only laying in wait, anxious to strike again.
Oftentimes the fungus is attached to your clothing and bedding without you knowing it. The jury is still out on how long it can survive this way, but it seems that the measure is weeks!
With that in mind, it’s important that you understand the need to change your clothes, bath towels and bedding daily, and then effectively laundering them when you’re experiencing an outbreak of TV.
The idea is to disinfect the material or cloth so that the yeast and fungus living on the skin flakes which cling to the cloth, don’t survive to cause a recurrence on your skin.
But simply doing your laundry isn’t enough. You’ve got to sanitize it. There are several ways to do that:
3 Ways To Sanitize Your Laundry:
1. I personally use (and recommend,) ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar in my laundry’s rinse cycle without the fabric softener.
The acetic acid of the white vinegar is a powerful anti-microbial. If you’re concerned about a vinegar smell (I have never experienced this,) you can run an extra rinse cycle to eliminate any residual trace.
NOTE: I never use fabric softener or drier sheets in my laundry as these contain fatty compounds and chemicals I don’t want on my skin.
2. For your white load ONLY, you can add a ½ cup of bleach.
Combine with your regular laundry detergent, but don’t overdo it. Too much bleach breaks down fabric.
I wear white or natural linen clothes whenever possible especially during an outbreak specifically for this ease of laundry benefit.
3. Drying your laundry is best done outside where the natural ozone works as another effective anti-microbial.
But I live in South Florida where hanging laundry outside isn’t always possible due to humidity and unpredictable rains, so I utilize an ozone generator in my laundry room where I hang my laundry to air-dry.
And that’s all there is to it.
I truly encourage you to re-think how you wash your laundry, and recommend you change your clothes, bath towels and particularly your bedding daily.
After all…what’s the point in going through the hassle of treating your skin when you’re letting the fungus live on the things you come into contact with?
The real key to treating Tinea Versicolor, is to avoid recurrence.