One of the first rules that everyone is taughtchildren is related to how important it is to wash their hands. Hand washing helps prevent the spread of disease. Hands should be washed before eating, after talking with animals, after visiting the toilet. It is especially important to wash your hands often if you are interacting with newborns and potentially vulnerable older people. Unfortunately, not all of us understand the importance of washing our hands, and after all during the day we touch countless things and objects countless times. Today we’ll talk about the dirtiest of them. About those with whom we contact daily, but surprisingly we hardly notice it.
- 1 kitchen sponge for washing dishes
- 2 Kitchen towel
- 3 your bed
- 4 Handles of grocery carts and baskets
- 5 door handles
- 6 Toothbrush holders
Kitchen sponge for washing dishes
It turns out that thing that we usually washdishes after eating, literally teeming with various bacteria. In fact, many microbiologists agree that a kitchen sponge can be the dirtiest item in your home (it’s much, much dirtier than even your toilet seat).
As a rule, sponges are warm, often wet and on themfood particles remain - ideal for bacteria. According to studies, colic-like bacteria, which are conditional markers of fecal contamination, as well as salmonella and Escherichia coli, can be found on more than 75 percent of kitchen sponges.
In some countries, campylobacter, bacteria,which are the causative agent of acute intestinal infection, are the most common cause of foodborne infections and, as you might have guessed, they are most often found on kitchen sponges. Experts advise using food-grade bleaches to clean sponges.
Now you know that kitchen sponges canpose a danger and you will surely wash your hands after each dishwashing and touching. But as soon as you decide to wipe your wet hands with a kitchen towel, you will have to repeat the washing procedure again, because the towels carry no less danger than the same sponges. Like the latter, kitchen towels often remain moist and warm, and at the same time they may contain food particles. Do you understand what this is about? That's right - the perfect environment for bacteria!
According to one study on over 25percent of kitchen towels you can find E. coli, which puts them on a par with danger with sponges. Experts advise washing towels thoroughly every two days.
Upon learning that your kitchen and telephone may beincredibly dirty, some of you may want to fall face down on a pillow and cry. Wait a moment. Have you washed it for a long time? If not, you can before you plunge your face into it loudly and clearly say: "Eating is served!"
Your bed also seems like an ideal environment.for the emergence and reproduction of bacteria. People often sweat, get wet. Body heat adds the desired effect, creating ideal conditions for the growth of various fungal and bacterial pathogens. Our skin peels over time and its particles remain on everything we interact with, including on beds, where together with dust they create a real buffet for various bacteria and other dust mites.
So for a short while and become a hermophobe. Wash your bed sheets at least once a week, experts say.
Handles of grocery carts and baskets
Grocery carts are an ideal vehicle for transporting your products, children and ... E. coli.
It turns out when people go groceryto the store, with potentially unwashed hands, and grab a variety of foods, including packaged meat and everything that comes up in front of their eyes, along with the product they like as a bonus, which you usually have to pay for with your health, they can transfer dangerous bacteria into their cart and back.
According to one small study, on morethan half of the food carts found Escherichia coli, which, according to the authors of the study, is the main source of outbreaks of food poisoning among children whose parents like to carry their children in such carts.
We hope that now the topic becomes clearer for you. Those things that are touched not only by you, but also by many people before and after you, as a rule, quickly become the ideal habitat for various bacteria, especially when these things are not cleaned regularly.
Door handles are no exception to this rule. Some researchers have discovered many potential pathogens of infectious diseases that live peacefully on doorknobs. In general, sooner or later you can get sick simply by touching one of them.
One of the microbiologists who conducted the study,found that if you put some kind of virus on the office pen, it would only take about 4 hours for more than half of this office to pick it up, since during this time people would probably touch far from one pen and other objects.
Your toothbrush is in your mouth regularly, andthen placed back on the stand. At the same time, there is one problem and it is especially relevant in the case of a combined bathroom, that is, when the toilet is in the same room as the bath itself. In this case, millions of pathogenic bacteria rise into the air of the room, every time you press the flush, and still do not disdain to screw in the toilet with a brush specially designed for this purpose.
The problem is that these brush holdersideally suited as a sedimentation site for all of these bacteria. According to studies, staphylococcus bacteria were found on 14 percent of the toothbrush holders examined, and mold was found on 64 percent. Remember to wash these coasters thoroughly!
Potentially pathogenic bacteria may be present.almost anywhere. This can certainly be scary. Many things that should also have been on this list are no less disgusting - you just can’t imagine how many bacteria are on the TV remote controls (and it’s better not to).
But the fact remains - not all of us are illconstantly. Even in contact with pathogens, we do not necessarily fall ill immediately. Most often it depends on which bacterium or virus we came into contact with, and not on whether the virus or bacterium got into our body. In the end, we do have an immune system that can not only withstand simple parasites, but also in some cases cope with more serious problems.
There are many ways to reduce your risk.the spread of disease. Most often, various diseases are picked up precisely in crowded places. Therefore, if you are sick, it is better to stay at home and consult a doctor, and not spread the disease at work or in an educational institution. Remember to clean surfaces that you frequently come in contact with. Try to wash your kitchen towels more often and thoroughly clean your kitchen sponges. They turn out to be the greatest danger in your home. And of course, do not forget to wash your hands.