Bathrooms - Food for Thought
Bathrooms are where we wash away the daily grime and flush away our waste. Bathrooms are the last place you'd want to consider taking food. But various research suggests that we may indeed be safer eating our dinner in our bathrooms than our kitchens. A study has found that three-quarters of homes in America have kitchen sponges heavy with harmful bacteria. The study by a major cleaning product company was based on a global survey by independent environmental scientists.
Bathrooms Cleaner than Kitchens
The tests were conducted in several countries targeting kitchens and bathrooms. The tests would fail the surface examined if it found more than 100,000 bacteria per square metre. Overall, 90% of kitchen cloths and 46% of kitchen sinks failed on the bacteria test. Whereas the results for bathrooms was far more favourable, with just 38% of sinks in bathrooms failing the test. E coli and salmonella are common bacteria that triggers food poisoning and diarrhoea.
Eating in Bathrooms?
It's thought kitchens are mores susceptible than bathrooms because bacteria can feed on food and drink. But there are general concerns that people make more effort cleaning bathrooms because of the idea that they become dirty quickly and because we're perhaps more conscious of bacteria and smells in bathrooms. But scientists have warned that there are risks in over-cleaning bathrooms at the expense of kitchens. Studies have shown that people don't regularly clean or bin dirty sponges. As a result it's been said to be better to live like a slob and not clean, than to spread bacteria across kitchen surfaces with an infected cloth. And it may be even safer to eat dinner in bathrooms going by the test results. The findings showed that men living alone had the best results because they rarely wiped down surfaces and so didn't spread bacteria as much.
And next time you see your dog drinking from the toilet bowl, don't be too disgusted - the research found that a post-flush loo is cleaner than a kitchen sink. The fact that bathrooms tend to be cleaner than our kitchens is a major cause of concern, but at least it shows the majority of homeowners take pride in their bathrooms. Top tips for cleaning kitchens include blasting cleaning clothes in a microwave for a minute, which will sterilise the clothes, although don't put it on too long so it's a fire hazard. As when you use bathrooms, make sure you regularly wash your hands, don't rinse chicken in the kitchen sink and ensure all surfaces that come in contact with raw chicken are washed thoroughly.
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