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How Clean is Your Home? - Health Tips

PUBLISHED: 00:16 03 December 2010 | UPDATED: 10:30 21 February 2013

How Clean is Your Home? - Health Tips

How Clean is Your Home? - Health Tips

New scientific research has highlighted the need for Britons to either master home hygiene or risk putting their families health in jeopardy...

New scientific research has highlighted the need for Britons to either master home hygiene or risk putting their families health in jeopardy.

Microscopic analysis has shown that even apparently clean homes are a hotbed for a plethora of possible infections. One of the most shocking discoveries is that more faecal bacteria were found on the kitchen worktop than on the toilet flush, toilet seat, toilet brush or childs potty.

The makers of triple-action disinfectant, Zoflora, commissioned independent laboratory, Kingmoor Technical Services to assess the hidden hygiene issues in two typical family homes. The homes were swabbed in various locations, ranging from kitchen worktops to the toilet seat and childrens toys to laptops.

What they found is that even clean homes may be hosting thousands of unwelcome visitors that could bring illnesses like sickness and diarrhoea to the family. Unacceptable levels of bacteria were found in nine locations and levels for concern in a further four sites.

The researchers tested for eight specific bacteria or types of bacteria:

Enterobacteriaceae: may cause symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting and fever

Coliforms: high numbers indicate poor hygiene or contamination.

Thermo tolerant/ Faecal Coliforms: Bacteria associated with faecal material (both animal and human), any numbers indicate poor hygiene control and cross contamination. Frequently associated with poor personal hygiene, such as a lack of hand washing.

Escherichia coli: presence indicates poor hygiene control and cross contamination

Staphylococcus aureus: can cause severe stomach upset if present in food in high enough numbers.

Pseudomonas: they can affect the odour, flavour and colouration of foods, which may sometimes cause irritation of the stomach. Can also cause infection in the eyes or skin.

Listeria: widely distributed in the environment, water, soil, sewage, vegetation and the faeces of animals and humans. Some species are pathogenic for humans and animals.

Salmonella: may cause fever, septicaemia and gastroenteritis in humans.

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