Clean is clean right? Well, when it comes to laundry, maybe not. A few small mistakes and your family's clean clothes could be covered in germs and bacteria or harmful chemicals. Here's how you can avoid these common cleaning mishaps, from the folks at Prevention magazine. First, get your clothes out of the washer within 30 minutes. Bacteria love wet places so the longer wet laundry sits, the germier it gets. Clean clothes are free of germs, right? Not according to microbiologist, Dr. Charles Gerba. People are washing their clothes in cold water these days to save energy, but that means that any bacteria that's already on the clothes isn't killed off in the wash cycle. It's not until they hit the dryer that the germs are destroyed. Dr. Gerba also found that 25 percent of home washers contain fecal bacteria, most likely from washing undergarments. So always wash your skivvies separately, on hot. The water needs to be at least 130 degrees to kill the bacteria. Once a week run an empty load with a cup of bleach. That'll handle anything that's left hanging around. Bedding also needs to be washed on hot. Sheets and pillowcases are teeming with dust mites that live off the skin cells you shed every night. Dust mites are the leading cause of year-round allergy symptoms. So once a week wash everything on hot, at least 130 degrees. If you love your fresh rain, or summer's breeze scents you're not going to like this next one. You have to stop using the scented soaps. Researchers from the University of Washington analyzed popular detergents and found that they contained hazardous chemicals that cause migraines, headaches and asthma attacks. The toxins have nothing to do with the soaps cleaning abilities; they're only in the fragrances they're scented with. So start buying soaps that are dye and perfume free. * Guess what? The dryer sheets have to go too. They let off chemicals that irritate the skin and cause breathing problems. Instead get a PVC free plastic dryer ball to get rid of static cling.