The most germ infested things in your house may shock you! 166



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When we think of household germs, we think of the germs that loiter in the toilet, in the dirty kitchen sink, in the drains or even in the shed out the back. But we never think that they would be swarming on something we use every single day – often multiple times a day.

A recent study from the University of Arizona has found that coliform bacteria – bacteria present in faeces which can lead to outbreaks of food poisoning and diarrhoea are present in 89% of tea towels and 25.6% of household towels.

To me, this was pretty alarming – they are tools that we use to clean things! But when you think about it, it does start to make a lot of sense. Tea towels are used to wipe down things that have often been in contact with raw meat products and other types of raw food. Then, towels are used to remove water and moisture but unless we hang them properly in a ventilated area where they can dry, they are the ideal breeding grounds for bacteria.

The Daily Mail spoke to a hygiene expert from the University of Salford who gave them some advice for keeping towels germ free:

“The first thing is to keep towels separate. Put them on the towel rail to dry so they don’t fester while they wait to be washed. Wash them often, at least once a week. Wash them on a high temperature, 90ºC wash – and bear in mind lots of washing machines don’t reach the temperatures they say they will. Bleach would kill bacteria on white towels and on face flannels, have one for each day and wash them all at the end of the week.”

So tell us, where do you think the germiest place is in your home? How often do you give everything a thorough clean? Tell us in the comments below… 

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  1. I don’t use tea towels to wipe down anything but dishes… Yes can see why it necessary to hang out bath towels to dry and air. I heard putting vinegar in wash helps have been using this idea recently..

  2. We cant live in a sterile environment people. We need exposure to bactetia to assure a strong immune system. Im not saying live in squalor but a clean house to me should be enough without going stupid worrying about stuff we never did before !

  3. never use tea towels they are germ carriers, I rinse my dishes every day and load them into the dish washer.. at the end of the week I give them a hot wash and let them drip dry and put them away, when I clean its paper , and like catherine I have a steam cleaner. I also have one for clothes , so I never iron. Just hang the clothes on a hanger and steam away the wrinkles

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    • Can you suggest a good clothes steamer I would like to try but don’t know anything about them. My body is very hot all year round Drs don’t know why thought steaming clothes might be easier than sweating away ironing.

    • I got mine from is just home brand and it works really get a stand with it to hang your clothes on that your going to steam..I can’t remember how much it cost but it was under $100

  4. I have never used tea towels to wipe down, only for wiping dishes although these days I just leave them to dry. Sometimes I think we go overboard about germs & cleaning. you can get a bug in hospital & they are supposed to be the most hygienic place.

  5. we all managed before all this information was published without too much harm coming to us

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