A washing facility enables users to clean their clothes and linens. This can help remove bacteria, fleas and other irritants and reduce the risk of skin infections. It also removes dirt and other microbes that can cause allergies and respiratory illnesses.
Washing facilities can be located in homes or at work to meet hygiene needs. The facilities should have water, a place to wash the garments and a waste disposal system. They should also have a safe place to store detergents and other supplies that can be used in the washing process.
The availability of a washing facility can also help reduce the amount of time it takes to do laundry. For example, if you have an in-unit laundry system in your apartment or house, it eliminates the need to go to a laundromat or shared laundry space and can save you from waiting in line. It can also reduce the number of trips you need to make to the laundromat or shared laundry space, and the cost per load.
Many washers have special settings for washing clothes that are sensitive to allergens or other microbes, so they can help prevent allergic reactions and keep your clothes clean and fresh. Some even use hot water to destroy allergens and other microbes, especially those that can be harmful to people with asthma or other respiratory illnesses.
Moreover, a washing facility can help prevent infection by keeping the clothes dry and free of any lingering microbes after they have been washed. This can protect you from contracting diseases or other illnesses, such as diarrhoea and urinary tract infections.
In healthcare facilities, a hygienic environment with access to adequate sanitation and good handwashing practices is essential for patient safety and the quality of care. Inadequate handwashing can lead to infections that result in poor outcomes for patients, their families and healthcare workers. This can damage patients’ trust in health services, increase long-term disability, and contribute to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and increased costs for families and health systems.
Governments should set clear policy for handwashing, including an adequate supply of soap or an alcohol-based rub and a place to wash hands, and implement this with promotional effort. They should also ensure that handwashing facilities are available in schools and healthcare facilities, as well as provide adequate training to staff and caregivers to promote and sustain good hygiene practices.