Most of us wouldn’t use a public loo or communal kitchen if it were obviously dirty or untidy, and yet, according to experts, many of us are oblivious to the invisible grime and germs we subject ourselves to on a daily basis.
Research has shown that common household items like toothbrush holders, cleaning cloths and re-useable shopping bags often harbour a surprising amount of bacteria and can become breeding grounds for microbes and other nasties if not cleaned regularly.
In fact, one study found that a third of toothbrush holders contain mould, salmonella and e.coli which can cause stomach upsets and even life threatening health conditions. Not a great start, considering where we put our toothbrushes!
Other common everyday items in need of a regular clean/wash include:
• Mobile phones – which can be 18 times dirtier than a toilet seat
• Keyboards – often a hotbed for crumbs and contact viruses like the common cold
• Handbags – ditto, except we often put them on the floor, making them even dirtier
• Hairbrushes – full of grease, dead skin and hair product residue
Regularly washing items like brushes with shampoo/soap and wiping down gadgets with an anti-bacterial spray will go a long way to avoiding skin reactions and other infections, as well as stop us from passing on illnesses.