Designate a separate bin for underclothes, towels, colors, sheets and whites.
Determine which loads need regular or color-safe bleach. Begin by washing a load with regular bleach. Do this to ensure you kill any bacteria that may be living in the washer.
Determine which loads need to be washed in cold or hot water. Run an empty load every four cycles with regular bleach and hot water to kill the bacteria. Do this when you cannot use bleach on certain laundry items.
Wash and dry each load as outlined on the care tag on the bedding or clothing.
Use antibacterial soap to disinfect your hands after handling dirty laundry.
Use bins, hampers or baskets to sort your laundry. Keep the different types of clothing or bedding separate while you are sorting them to prevent the spread of bacteria during your laundry session.