Following the festive season when our homes have been more heavily occupied than usual, Director
James Dawson highlights the top six dirtiest places that need attention fast.
1. Bathroom: Bath mats are an obvious area for bacteria to flourish. Soaked with shower water
and pressed up against the floor, one of the most contaminated areas in the bathroom, mats
slow evaporation and provide a home for mold and bacteria.
2. The TV remote control: A hygiene study carried out for a hospital found that the remote
control was three times dirtier than anything else in the room.
3. Phones: A potential risk for infection largely dependent upon the personal hygiene of the
owner. One study found that one in six mobile phones to be contaminated with bacteria
normally associated with a toilet.
4. Towels: Are great for drying us after a shower but they also remove dead skin cells with each
movement along with bacteria and possibly even Staphylococcal infections.
5. Kitchen sponges: Trap food particles in their crevasses. Moist and dark they are ideal for
breeding grounds for bacteria.
6. Bedding: Pillows can be home to several types of allergy-inflaming fungi and with eight
hours sweating, shedding skin and drooling they can also be a welcoming home to dust
mites. Sheets are equally a risk, particularly when some warm nights can result in one litre
of sweat being soaked up.
For more information on keeping a clean home, contact 360 Services Group Ltd on 01733 302912.