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Germs Right at Home in American Houses

Americans Rank High for Hygiene Habits Despite Germy Kitchens, Bathrooms

Findings for Homes in the U.S. continued...

The global analysis also found that:

  • India and Saudi Arabia had the dirtiest kitchen towels. Households in the U.S. and Germany had the cleanest.
  • Saudi Arabia and India had the dirtiest teapot (or coffee pot) handles. Handles in the U.S. and Canada were the cleanest.
  • Saudi Arabia had the dirtiest computer keyboard and mouse surfaces, followed by Malaysia and Germany.
  • 6% of baby stroller handles worldwide were found to be heavily contaminated. South Africa had the dirtiest.

The council offered a number of recommendations for killing germs or at least for fighting harder against them. These include:

  • In the bathroom, more cleaning may be needed for the bathroom seals. A mold and mildew remover is needed on a regular basis to keep mold spores at a minimum.
  • Dirty kitchen towels should be washed at high temperatures -- above 140 degrees F to kill bacteria, or consider using an antibacterial laundry aid. Keep kitchen towels dry and do not use them for drying hands or washing children’s faces.
  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly.



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