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Hotspots For Germs In Your Home. Surprising Facts & Tips to Clean Effectively.

The Hygiene Council announced some amazing findings in their 2010 Hygiene Home Truths Study which was sponsored by Lysol. The results may shock you, and change the way you clean your home!

The study by The Hygiene Council assessed bacteria and mold samples taken from 180 homes in nine countries {the countries included Canada, U.K., U.S., Germany, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Australia and India}. Although Canada did very well in the study, ranking among the top – their studies showed that certain areas of the any home are often missed during cleaning.

Where are the main hotspots for germs in the home?

  • Bathroom seals {the plastic seal around the tub or shower}
  • Inside fridges {higher mold levels than in the bathroom}
  • Computer keyboard/mouse
  • General kitchen towels {the dirtiest items in Canadian households! They can be highly contaminated with E. Coli}
  • Kettle handles

Why worry about living with germs in the home?

  • The flu virus can remain active on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Therefore, if you touch a germy surface then touch your mouth, nose or eyes you may become infected as the virus particles are transferred to your body instantaneously.
  • More than 80 per cent of all food borne infections, including Salmonella, are acquired at home.
  • One single bacterium can become more than eight million bacteria in less than a day.
  • Kitchen sinks contain 100,000 times more germs than toilets.

High levels of mold in the home can increase the incidence of asthma, respiratory infections and symptoms such as rhinitis, sore throat, cough and common cold.

When it comes to handwashing outside the home, to prevent cold and flu, we are doing well! But, how often do you wash your hands at home? Practice good hygiene habits, such as regular hand washing and surface disinfection, to maintain a clean, healthy home environment!

Clean Up Your Act:

  • Clean using a disinfectant product to kill harmful organisms. Ensure your disinfectants are registered with Health Canada and carry a Drug Identification Number (DIN) on the label. If you aren’t using a disinfectant {and possibly just a ‘cleaner’ – you are just spreading bacteria and mold around!
  • Pay special attention to disinfect those hotspots that are so easily missed. And, don’t forget telephones, door handles and toys!
  • Wash those kitchen towels in HOT water! It’s the only way to kill the bacteria and get rid of E. Coli
  • Make sure practice good handwashing habits at home, as well as you do in public. If you touch an infected area, you can transfer it anywhere!

So, keep these germ hotspots in mind when cleaning your home! Reduce the mold and bacteria and have a healthier life!


is my sponsor for the Blissdom Canada 2010 Conference


About the Hygiene Council
The Hygiene Council, which was formed in 2006, is an initiative bringing together leading global experts in the field of microbiology, virology, infectious diseases, immunology and public health to formulate realistic and practical recommendations on simple hygiene measures to help the public improve levels of hygiene in the home and community and, in turn, help to prevent the spread of all kinds of infections. In 2011, the Hygiene Council has been invited to hold its meeting at the Centres for Disease Control headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The work of the Hygiene Council is funded through an educational grant from Reckitt Benckiser, the makers of Lysol. For further information, please visit the Hygiene Council website at

Disclosure: This is a compensated post, opinions are my own.

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