Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Great Clothing Plague of 1978

Was watching an advert for Dettol's new product - Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser. It's a liquid you add to your laundry to kill bacteria on your clothing.

Does anyone remember the great clothing bacterial plague of 1978? Millions died from bacteria on their clothing - hardly a family was spared. People simply underestimate the risk of being poisoned by their clothes.... Not.

Talk about inventing a product for a problem that doesn't exist, except in hospitals. If people are frightened of bacteria, they need to analyse their kitchen chopping boards, mattresses, hairbrushes, toothbrushes and hands, not their clothes - alarmist nonsense.


  1. I dunno CB, there's some engineers at our place who wash themselves and their clothes so infrequently that I might see a potential use case..

  2. Some of the fashions from 1978 might count as a clothing plague.

    If we still washed our clothes at a sensible temperature, no one would need to invent antibacterial laundry products.