Silicone dirtiest item in bathrooms – survey

2010-05-11 12:13

The dirtiest item in South African homes is the silicone seal in

bathrooms, with kitchen towels taking second place, showed a global study on

hygiene released today.

“The survey found that 65 percent of bathroom seals were rated

‘unsatisfactory’ for bacterial contamination and 39 percent for mould,” the

Global Hygiene Council, which released the survey at a meeting in South Africa,

said in a statement.

Its findings were contained in a survey titled Hygiene Home Truths:

An International Study and was conducted in March and April this year in eight

countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, South Africa, the UK and

the US.

“The dirtiest item in the South African home is the bathroom seal

.­?.?. The humble kitchen towel takes second place in the roll of dishonour,

with 45 percent of South African kitchen towels failing to make the


The bathroom seal is the silicone strip where the bath meets the

wall, and the silicone seal in showers.

Surfaces tested included kitchen towels, kettle handles, fridge

interiors, computer keyboards and mouses, pushchair handles and bathroom


“South Africans can take heart from the fact that 95 percent of

Indian and Malaysian bathroom seals failed the test for bacteria,” said the

Global Hygiene Council.

“Seventy-five percent of Indian kitchen towels failed the test, as

did 55 percent of Malaysian kitchen towels.”

Fridges also proved to be contaminated by bacteria.

Eighty percent of Malaysian fridges were unsatisfactory in terms of

bacterial contamination, compared to 70 percent in India and 35 percent in South


– Sapa

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