Poor Domestic Cleaning techniques are resulting in a build-up of germs around the home, a new study reveals.
According to the international Hygiene Home Truths Study 2010, which was carried out in nine countries across the globe, kettle handles, bathroom seals, the insides of fridges and general purpose kitchen towels are some of the most highly contaminated areas in the home because of lax house cleaning methods.
The findings of the Dettol-sponsored study, which were revealed at the annual Hygiene Council meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, found that over two-thirds (70 per cent) of bathroom seals failed bacterial tests, while over half (56 per cent) failed mould tests, despite 37 per cent appearing to be clean.
Almost half (47 per cent) of fridges in households around the world also failed bacterial contamination tests, with more than two-fifths (44 per cent) of households showing mould build-up.
The survey also found that fridges are among the least cleaned items in the home.
Professor John Oxford, chairman of the Hygiene Council and Professor of Virology at Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, said: “Even though surfaces can often appear clean to the naked eye, it is important that people understand that mould spores in areas such as bathroom seals can have a detrimental effect on their health.”
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