Monday, 13 January 2014

Research - Gross Facts

I looked up some Gross Facts about things around the house. I am going to narrow them down to around 7-8 and focus on defining them more and proceed with those.

Toilet
If you don't close the lid when you flush, you can actually aerosolize all the filth," the Science Channel says. And a toothbrush, with its moist, bacteria-friendly environment and plenty of microbe-ready hiding spots in between its bristles, might be the home of a bacterium's dreams.

Your Drain
Most bathroom bugs enter through cracks, crevices and doors, according to the Science Channel.

Your Washcloth or Sponge
Just like we need water to live, so do bacteria and viruses; the Science Channel says microbes like humid environments and they like to hide from UV rays in light.

Above The Kitchen Cabinets
That no-man's land between cabinets and ceiling is a case of out of sight, out of mind. "We find years' worth of dust, rodent nests and droppings, long-forgotten food, and dead plants," says Derek Christian, owner of My Maid Service and coauthor of The House Cleaning Technician's Manual. "Very few people ever clean this area."

Your Bathtub
Any standing water that lingers after a shower or bath breeds mold, fungi, and staph bacteria, says Jackie Harmon, owner of Healthy Clean green cleaning company. "Whirlpool tubs are the worst because water gets trapped in the pipes, so dirt buildup and possibly mold is spouted out during use."

Remote Controls
Hands in all states of cleanliness handle it often. Yet it's rarely wiped clean, even after a sick day spent channel-flipping. "The TV remote is one of the germiest surfaces in your home," says Harmon of Healthy Clean.

Toothbrush Cup
Not only are they hard to clean, they're usually positioned next to the toilet, which sprays small amounts of fecal debris when flushed

Door Knob
Although modern knobs are usually designed to be bacteria resistant, these types of defenses aren’t always effective. Moreover, older non-resistant door knobs are going to be even worse

Fridge Handle
Refrigerator Let’s be honest, how often do you clean your fridge handles? Probably never. You should consider it though, because they are often infested with the same bacteria that live on poultry and pork. The reason for this is that people usually take meat out of the fridge, make themselves a sandwich, and then return it with without rinsing their hands.

Bathtub
Unless you’re cleaning your bathtub weekly then most likely whatever is lingering around your drain is going to be worse than whatever you find in your toilet. Staph infections, pneumonia, septicemia, and urinary tract infections have all been caused by dirty tubs.
Light switch
Like numerous other entries on this list, light switches often suffer from the “never been cleaned” syndrome. And after years of being flipped up and down by thousands of fingers they tend to end up with hundreds of bacteria per square inch. Just make sure that you’re not the last person to leave the conference room!

Microwave Pads
While you may keep your own personal microwave clean, how about at work? Even if you did decide to do everyone a favor by washing it down, just using soap and water won’t be enough to get rid of all the grease. In fact, unless you attack it with bleach you’ll have yourself a nice little bacteria colony growing right next to where you heat your food.

Your Sponge at home contains more bacteria than your toilet.
Every year, 14 bugs find their way into your mouth while you sleep. And yes, you do swallow most of them.

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