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Germs in the home

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Sometimes we’re lucky if we get to whizz round with the vacuum cleaner once a week – and as for a deep clean, well….. However, just a bit of research about how many potentially harmful germs are lingering round the home is enough to bump those chores up the ‘to do’ list. We all know about basic hygiene such as washing our hands after we’ve been to the toilet and cleaning surfaces after food preparation, but do you know all the favourite hiding places of germs in the home.

Here are a few to be thinking about (not for the faint-hearted!)

Kitchen sponge

Although you use the kitchen sponge to clean, medical experts say it may actually be the most germ-infested item in the home and could carry as many as one billion harmful bacteria after just one day of use. These can cause diarrhoea and stomach upsets, so make sure you use separate sponges or clothes for dishes and surfaces.


This does not make for appetising reading, but bacteria like moist areas and are grown readily on a toothbrush as many people rinse them off and put them away damp. Also sprays of water droplets from a flushed toilet float around for up to two hours after each flush before landing on something – your toothbrush included. Ideally, leave your toothbrush where it can dry out but not too close to the toilet. Replace it regularly, especially if you have been ill.

Vacuum cleaner

Vacuums are also thought to contain a high concentration of bacteria, with studies showing the brushes often contain fecal bacteria and sometimes E coli. Make sure you vacuum the dirtiest areas last.

TV remote

Everyone touches, sneezes on and drops the TV remote and anything that is touched a lot harbours bacteria. Wipe yours regularly with a bleach or alcohol wipe.

Steering wheel

Apparently the average steering wheel is dirtier than the toilet and the car boot is also full of germs. The advice is for people not to eat or drink at the wheel and to wash hands before and after use.

germs in the home


We know our hands attract bacteria and we know it’s important to wash them regularly and thoroughly. Carry a pack of antibacterial wipes or gel for when you can’t get to a sink and keep your hands away from your face, mouth, nose and eyes when out and about. Be careful of money and credit cards as well as they are handled by many different people allowing bacteria to thrive on them, especially around the various grooves and cracks.

You could also give credit cards a quick wipe occasionally with an alcohol wipe.







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