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.