How to Kill Candida Yeast on Clothes & Household Surfaces

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar

  • Chlorine bleach

  • Detergent

Tip

Toss your plastic bath sponges and loofahs in the dishwasher or in the wash with the laundry, but don't put them in the dryer. Place dampened household sponges in the microwave, set it on high and nuke the sponges for 1 minute every few weeks to kill lingering fungi and germs.

Warning

Check clothing labels before washing. Some colored fabrics may be damaged by hot water and chlorine bleach. Never put a dry household sponge in the microwave, as it can cause a fire.

Candida is a yeast fungus commonly found in the mouth and genital areas. Candida microbes feed on sugars and thrive in warm, moist conditions, although they can survive on dry surfaces for a time. An overgrowth of these single-celled fungi can cause infections resulting in painful lesions in the mouth, genitals and on other areas of the body. Candida fungus is difficult to kill, so infections can be stubborn and recurring. Best practices for prevention include thorough and regular cleaning and disinfecting of laundry and nonporous surfaces.

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Step 1

Wash laundry in hot water. The water temperature should be at least 122 degrees Fahrenheit to be effective in killing yeast microbes. Dry clothing using the hottest setting of the dryer, or air-dry in bright sunlight.

Step 2

Add 1 cup of vinegar to the final rinse when doing laundry. Vinegar has antifungal properties that may be effective in inhibiting candida fungi by altering the water's pH balance.

Step 3

If there are infants or toddlers in the home, wash their bottles and toys regularly with soapy hot water followed by a clear-water rinse.

Step 4

Mix together a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 10 parts hot water. Wipe down hard, nonporous surfaces with the bleach solution. Allow to air-dry.

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Lee Weal

Lee Weal began writing and editing online content as a corporate intranet administrator in 2000 and was also the publisher and editor of a monthly employee newsletter. Her articles specialize in children's issues and home improvement.