Eliminating Germs in Your House
The next time you slice up some chicken for dinner, do it on a clean surface: We recommend your toilet seat. "It has the least amount of bacteria all the spots in your home," says Dr. Charles Gerba, professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona. In fact, there are 200 times more fecal coliforms—otherwise known as feces bacteria—on the average cutting board than on the typical commode.
Blame the fact that most people just rinse their cutting boards instead of washing them thoroughly—and that all the little grooves made by knives provide perfect homes for bacteria. Use soap and hot water after each use. We always have a spray bottle with a bleach/water mixture to spray on the kitchen counters, cutting boards, and even door knobs in our home.
In a recent multi-country study by the public-education group Hygiene Council, a whopping 28 percent of households were found to be heavily contaminated with bacteria, which can live on dry surfaces for days, or even months. In that time, they can migrate from, bathroom to hand, to cutting board, to mouth. 50 to 80 percent of foodborne illnesses are contracted in the home, not in restaurants." There are no health inspectors watching you make the food.
But before you start spraying bleach on everything in your house, relax: Simply being consistent about cleaning key items—some of which you may have never even thought about cleaning—can keep a lid on viruses and bacteria. Don’t forget items like office coffee mugs, towels, water bottles, TV remotes, faucets, gym bag, computer keyboard, etc.
Carpet can also contain wall-to-wall germs if not cleaned on a regular basis. Research indicates that your carpet probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. "Rugs are botanical and zoological parks, hundreds of thousands of different types of species live there. These invasions occur because the average person sheds about 1.5 million skin cells every hour; these skin cells hit the rug and serve as food for germs. Add in food particles, pollen, and pet dander, and you have a gratis buffet. And since a vacuum cleaner's suction and rotating beater brush don't usually reach the bottom of the carpet, you're bound to have communities of E. Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and other bacteria down there. Every time you walk on the carpet or roll around on it with your kids, you disrupt the bacteria, bringing some closer to the surface.
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