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  • Updated
  • 20/10/2010


E. coli and Salmonella can be rampant in your washing machine, according to a report from a popular household germ expert.

Dr. Charles Gerba, microbiologist professor at University of Arizona, was quoted by as saying that bacteria can flourish in washing machines and can contaminate from one load to the next. 

"If you wash a load of underwear, there will be about 100 million E. coli in the wash water, and they can be transmitted to the next load of laundry," Dr. Gerba said. "There's about a tenth of a gram of poop in the average pair of underwear and bacteria originates from that."


To kill germs in dirty clothes and in your washing machine, Dr. Gerba recommends washing your laundry in hot water.

Quick at responding to this concern, LG Electronics released its top-load and select frontload washers that added health-conscious features to the very best of its cleaning technology.

A major development from conventional washers, which had to be disassembled in order to clean the tub, the new LG Health+ washers allow consumers to clean the inner and outer tub with the push of a button. Water with 85oC sterilizes the tub and drum. After that, high centrifugal force is applied to flush all dirt and water strain.

“The Tub Clean function prevents the growth of skin irritants like mildew and germs, while eliminating stubborn odors within the tub. So I find that my washer has an advantage in that regard,” said EcoMom Jodi Sta. Maria-Lacson. 

The health-conscious features continue with the LG’s Health+ anti-bacteria filter, which prevents the growth of bacteria and helps clothes maintain their color and brightness by reducing abrasion during the wash cycle. By using a plastic filter instead of fabric, LG’s washer also increases longevity and convenience. Finally, the Health+ filter ensures that the water in the drum is cleaner, and that the unit is much faster and easier to clean than older models.

The LG washer also includes a detergent-free cleaning feature, which uses a sensor to measure residual detergent. This ensures that allergy-causing detergent is removed completely from clothing, which is especially important for homes with small children or people with sensitive skin.

“Family safety, hygiene, and of course savings are the key things we moms always keep in mind,” LG EcoMom Jodi said. “As an EcoMom, I am now more aware of the health features in my home appliances. By being more aware, I can educate myself better on how I can fully maximize the health features on my appliances, and use it to my full advantage” finished EcoMom Jodi with a smile.