What lurks in your home?


London: The kitchen tap is dirtier than the toilet seat when it comes to bacterial contamination according to a new study.

The study, carried out by the Hygiene Council and supported by Dettol, reveals Britons’ poor hygiene practices in the home, which are putting people at risk from the spread of germs and infectious disease. With the World Health Organisation reporting the first global flu pandemic for 41 years, the study findings are especially worrying as they suggest that modern British households are in danger of germ contamination.

When it comes to bacteria and viruses, appearances can be deceiving. As they cannot be seen by the naked eye, we often assume items are ‘clean’ when in ‘microbiological’ terms they are not.

In this video, food safety consultant Dr Lisa Ackerley tells us more about the findings of the Hygiene In The Home study 2009, showing us where the germ hot spots are with the help of swab test evidence and advice on what to do about the nasties that lurk there.

Anything coming into regular human contact can be a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria – from your remote control and telephone to the worst culprit, the kitchen cloth. Keeping a home clean and hygienic doesn’t have to be a chore – here are some simple tips to ensure your house is a germ-free zone.


For more information visit www.hygienecouncil.com