Another fascinating and revealing research, this one carried out by the Hygiene Council of Great Britain. It reveals the kitchen tap is dirtier than the toilet handle. Who would have thought this would be the case. It seems the cloths used to wiped down kitchen surfaces are the contributing culprit! The Hygiene Council says it finds the findings alarming – I am sure you will defintely agree that it is so.
Revealed: Why your tap has more germs than your toilet handle
By Sean Poulter
Last updated at 8:31 AM on 16th June 2009 from ‘MailOnline’
The kitchen tap is dirtier and carries more harmful bugs than the toilet handle in millions of homes, research has found.
And 80 per cent of the cloths used to wipe down kitchen surfaces were found to contain a dangerous mix of bacteria.
Swab tests by the Hygiene Council found one third of kitchen taps carried unsatisfactory levels of bacteria compared to 15 per cent of toilet handles.
Fourteen per cent of the taps had relatively high rates of the potentially deadly E.coli bug, compared to six per cent of the handles.
Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause illnesses including pneumonia if it enters the body, was found on eight per cent of the taps and more than a fifth had high levels of pseudomonas, making the cloths smell pungent.
Most of the bugs are carried on toilet users’ hands if they fail to wash them properly and then are spread through contact.
Similarly, food poisoning bugs such as campylobacter or salmonella from chicken can be spread around the kitchen with the cloths.
Other bacterial hot spots include babies’ high chairs, chopping boards, TV remote controls and telephones.
Surprisingly, the study found the toilet door handle was spotless in 75 per cent of homes, making it the cleanest of the locations tested.
The Hygiene Council said the findings were alarming, particularly as the swine flu pandemic is being spread by sneezes and a failure to wash hands and surfaces effectively.
John Oxford, chairman of the Hygiene Council, said: ‘The importance of targeted disinfection of key hygiene hotspots in the home is paramount.
‘Practising good hygiene is something we can all do to break the chain of infection and protect ourselves and our families.’
The research, supported by Dettol, gathered information from 20 homes in the UK, Australia, Germany, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the U.S..
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