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Thanks to commercials, we know how to fight the germs that live under the rim of the toilet, and we know how to do it. However, scientists have found that the highest concentration of dangerous bacteria is not hiding in the toilet. Let's talk about 6 items in the apartment that should be given special attention.
Hundreds of species of microorganisms live in our home. Of course, not all of them are dangerous, although many can harm our health. Among them are Staphylococcus aureus, molds, Salmonella, Escherichia coli and some others. These microbes can cause the development of intestinal infections, cause problems with wound healing, and provoke allergies. The toilet is far from the most favorite place for the accumulation of microorganisms, there are enough other rooms and things in the apartment where danger can lurk.
It seems that the kitchen is a place that should shine with cleanliness, and special attention is usually paid to hygiene in this area of the apartment. But scouring sponges, table cloths, kitchen towels and other things like them are literally teeming with bacteria.
Scientists from the US State Sanitary Administration studied the cleanliness of dishwashing sponges: they found that not only Salmonella with Escherichia coli lived on the surface of them, but also fragments of excrement were present. By the way, all this was found only on the surface of 9% of doorknobs in toilets.
In general, the kitchen is not the safest place in this regard. Sponges need to be changed regularly, or at least try to disinfect by warming up for a minute in the microwave. It is recommended to wash kitchen towels every couple of days, and if possible, even switch to paper napkins. They can also replace kitchen rags.
Another dangerous thing in the kitchen from the point of view of the presence of bacteria. The boards on which we cut meat and fish contain a lot of microorganisms - they mostly get there and remain after cutting meat and fish.
It is estimated that there are 200 times more microorganisms on the surface of cutting boards than on the very rim of the toilet that terrifies us. Bacteria and fungi are both dangerous - a wooden cutting board can be an excellent breeding ground for mold, which has every chance of getting into food.
The rules for working safely with cutting boards are quite simple: get separate boards for meat, fish and vegetables, and replace boards regularly. It is better to wash the boards with hot water - optimally in a dishwasher, which will cope with this task better than any housewife.
Do you work from home, eat at the computer, travel with it on business? Obviously, a laptop keyboard shouldn't be ruled out as one of the dirtiest things in your home. Bacteria move from the hands to the keys, and bacteria from the keyboard move back to the hands. They can circulate like this endlessly. In a 2018 study, scientists took samples from different keyboards - it turned out that 96% of them contained pathogens, including staphylococcus aureus.
What can be done here? Do not eat at the computer, and do not forget about regular disinfection of the keyboard with alcohol wipes or spray.
The danger lurks here too. In the bristles of a toothbrush, millions of bacteria are hiding, some of which are not the most friendly, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. As a rule, the brush is always kept in the bathroom, where it is warm and humid - this is, as you can imagine, the ideal conditions for the growth of bacteria.A combined bathroom poses an additional danger, because when flushed in the air, a real wall of tiny aerosol droplets hangs, which contain microorganisms - they all fall on the toothbrush. You can reduce the risk of such an event by closing the toilet lid before flushing.
The toothbrush itself needs to be changed about once a month, and in the remaining time, do not forget to regularly wash the holder or cup for toothbrushes, because microbes settle there too.
80% of people almost never part with him. We check mail and messages on social networks every half hour, or even more often, start the day by studying the news on the phone and end by reading what friends have posted in their accounts. Many of us also go to the toilet with a telephone.
And if most people wash their hands after the street, going to the toilet, traveling in public transport, then not everyone thinks about disinfecting the phone. And here's the result - there are 10 times more germs on the surface of the phone than on the toilet seat. Do not forget to wash your hands and wipe the phone itself with antibacterial wipes, or even better, at least go to the toilet without an apparatus.
How, and the mattress too? It turns out, yes. A large number of dust mites live in the thickness of the mattress - they are the common cause of allergies and asthma attacks, as well as bacteria and molds.
The mattress is comfortable not only for us, but also for them - they, of course, do not sleep there, but have a great time, feeding on particles of dead skin that peels off every day. Regular change of bed linen - at least once every couple of weeks, the use of special mattress covers, as well as the hygiene of the mattress itself, which can at least be vacuumed - will help fight germs.