‘Inside story’ about household germs

2016-10-27 06:00
Germs could be lurking on surfaces you touch every day.

Germs could be lurking on surfaces you touch every day.

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A FEW weeks ago the Fever published an article about the type and amount of bacteria found on the handles of shopping trolleys and baskets.

However, some of the most unhygienic items are also found right under your roof, even your bathroom.

We think that the bathroom is one of the most hygienic areas in the house because it is wiped down and cleaned with disinfectants, but the steam and moisture makes it the ideal environment in which bacteria thrive.

According to the East Coast Radio website, mesh sponges and loofas have numerous mechanisms trapped in them such as dead cells, mould, yeast, dirt and grime.

What we are basically doing is re-soaping this bath accessory and reapplying what we think we’ve washed down the drain, back onto our body. The research was conducted by sungazing.com that advises that loofas and poufs need to be replaced every three weeks.

Toothbrushes also need to be replaced regularly and should not be kept close to the toilet, according to information on webMD.

When the toilet is flushed, bacteria settles on everything in the bathroom, including toothbrushes.

The website also reported that TV remotes should be cleaned with a disinfectant swab every day because it is one of the most used items in the home, and not only by one person.

A British consumer study revealed that a computer keyboard contains traces of E. coli and staph. One of the keyboards tested actually had five times more bacteria than a toilet seat, so wash you hands after using your computer.

Then comes another commonly used piece of technology we can’t live without, the cellphone. According to www.phonesoap.com/how-dirty-are-cell-phones one in six cellphones have faecal matter on them. That’s no surprise since many of us are culprits of taking our cellphones with us to do our “business”. Phone covers and phones should also be wiped with a bleach wet wipe or something similar. The same applies to door handles.

Ladies - and some men too - throw away your old make-up and wash your cosmetic bag.

A blusher, foundation and lip gloss was tested by scientists at London Metropolitan University and it was found that old cosmetics contain unsafe levels of potentially lethal bacteria, one of them being - enterococcus faecalis - the main cause of meningitis, so just because it’s kept in a make-up bag and doesn’t exchange hands, it doesn’t mean it’s germ-free.

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