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Laundry Secrets: How To Kill Athlete's Foot Fungus In The Wash

“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” Lady Macbeth yelled in the famous Shakespearean play. She was, of course, talking about the blood on her hands from killing King Duncan. However, for people suffering from onychomycosis or athlete’s foot, that “spot” might be a lot harder to catch – it might be a tiny fungal spore.

These insidious organisms can live on surfaces for many months, re-infecting hosts multiple times. Since antifungal treatment is generally time-consuming and expensive, no matter which method you choose, you will want to avoid this fate. Here’s what we know about killing fungus on towels, clothing and sheets through the laundry.

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Fungal spores easily come off athlete’s foot and get onto towels, bedding, and clothing. Image Source: Wikihow.com

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