Advertising rules our minds. We all remember that the largest number of bacteria hides under the rim of the toilet. But is it really so, and is the toilet really the most dangerous “bacterial” place from those where you have to go during the day?
In fact, this is not quite so – the danger of the toilet seat as a source of pathogenic microorganisms is greatly exaggerated. But other objects, to which you touch more often, conceal in themselves not less dangerous to health.
On a moist sponge, Salmonella and Escherichia coli grow beautifully and multiply, as well as Campylobacteria, which are a common cause of food poisoning.
To sterilize a sponge, making it completely safe, is almost impossible, which means that the only way to protect yourself and your house is to change this kitchen accessory more often. About once a week.
The towel, which you wipe your hands after cooking and washing dishes – is also a breeding place for many not very useful microorganisms. On the surface of towels is often present the same set of bacteria as on the surface of kitchen sponges. The number of them, according to the results of one study, almost a quarter more.
Scientists advise to switch to paper towels, and if it is impossible to do it, wash the kitchen at least once every two days.
It seems that your bed is a place of cleanliness, comfort, and comfort? We will not argue about coziness, but scientists are skeptical about purity. People sweat in a dream, which means that sheets, pillows, and blankets are becoming an ideal medium for the multiplication of bacteria and the growth of fungi. Add to this the numerous skin scales that literally scattered your bed, and get almost a resort for the growth of microorganisms. Scientists recommend changing bed linen once a week or even more often.
The door handles belong to the subjects to which a wide variety of people touch daily. Pathogenic microorganisms can linger on their surface and then fall on the hands and mucous membranes.
People cling to the door handles constantly: microorganisms do not have time to die and are successfully transferred from one to the other. In one study, it was shown that the viruses inflicted on the surface of the door-handle in less than 4 hours spread over a fairly large office, infecting about half of the employees.