12:09 23 November 2010
New scientific research has highlighted the need for Britons to either master home hygiene or risk putting their families health in jeopardy.
Microscopic analysis has shown that even apparently clean homes are a hotbed for a plethora of possible infections. One of the most shocking discoveries is that more faecal bacteria were found on the kitchen worktop than on the toilet flush, toilet seat, toilet brush or childs potty.
The makers of triple-action disinfectant, Zoflora, commissioned independent laboratory, Kingmoor Technical Services to assess the hidden hygiene issues in two typical family homes. The homes were swabbed in various locations, ranging from kitchen worktops to the toilet seat and childrens toys to laptops.
What they found is that even clean homes may be hosting thousands of unwelcome visitors that could bring illnesses like sickness and diarrhoea to the family. Unacceptable levels of bacteria were found in nine locations and levels for concern in a further four sites.
Some of the finds:
Dr Catherine Hood commented: "Bacteria and viruses are all around us but we can minimise our risk of infection by following simple hygiene tips.
"Always wash your hands carefully with soap and water after going to loo; make sure you store, prepare and cook food appropriately; and change towels and cleaning cloths frequently.
"When it comes to the cleanliness of your home, dont rely on what looks clean, make sure an effective disinfectant is part of your cleaning routine too and look for one thats proven to kill bacteria and viruses, like Zoflora.
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