Globally, we are all stuck in the same boat. With the aim to stop the spread of disease together we all need to take necessary precautions in order to see change and make a difference. In addition to practicing effective handwashing, socially distancing and wearing face masks ensuring we effectively cleaning germ hotspots, we could decrease the further unwanted spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Therefore, in order to protect our health, we need to take action to kill any sign of infection we may face.
Germs are all around us (and on us!) and on every surface you can imagine. There are some obvious culprits, such as toilets, door handles and rubbish bins that can all harbour infectious viruses and bacteria. However, there are also many common and every-day surfaces that can be a haven for these illness-inducing bugs and germs.
Recent research has found that the popular germ hotspots include money, can-openers, kitchen cloths, office keyboards and - perhaps surprisingly - pillows. Other favourite haunts for bugs include TV remotes, mobile phones and petrol pumps.
Germ Hotspots in Your Washroom
On average it’s interesting to think we spend around 11 days a year in our washrooms. That’s many hours spent surrounded by areas potentially full of dangerous bacteria. Especially during a time where we all need to be extra cautious, it’s important you clean and disinfect your washroom space effectively and ensure your business' washroom hygiene is of the highest standards. In order to stay healthy and virus free, don’t let your washroom gather unnecessary germs.
Did you know that sinks harbour 250,000% more bacteria than flush handles and toilet seats are some of the cleanest areas within a bathroom?. Maybe you’re focusing on the wrong areas and need to start considering areas you wouldn’t usually think of like mirrors, toilet roll holders, radiators, taps etc - of course, don’t forget the most obvious areas such as the toilet and floor. Disinfect your washroom regularly and keep it looking sparkly clean to avoid any unwanted health issues.
Germs and Money
Although you may not be spending as much money currently, it’s good to be aware of how many germs can be found on just a single note. As we all still shop at local supermarkets, we need to be careful about what bacteria lies on our coins, notes and even the bank cards we are using, especially in a time so hygiene focused.
By the time money reaches your hands, it could have come into contact with about 100 people – and their germs. A study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, found that bank notes showed ‘gross contamination’ of bacteria, including E.coli and Staphylococci.
Their results showed that faecal contamination of bank notes and credit cards is an every-day threat that good hand washing can dramatically reduce. So, when it comes to money – be it cards, notes or coins, always wash your hands after handling.
So, when it comes to money – be it cards, notes or coins, always wash your hands after handling. If we all were to take precautions with proper hand hygiene, at each stage of money’s journey, there would be less bacteria spread and less risk of cross contamination. Even something as simple as carrying effective hand sanitising spray around with you to use after handling money, you could reduce the risk of illness.
If you fancy a warming tin of soup this winter, you might want to check the last time the can opener was thoroughly washed. In a 2013 Germ Study by NSF International, 14 common kitchen items were tested for the presence of four different types of microorganisms: E. coli, Salmonella, yeast and mould, and Listeria. It found that the humble can opener tested positive for Salmonella, E.coli, yeast and mould.
Kitchens Attract Germs
Kitchens both at home and in the workplace are breeding grounds for bacteria. Spraying down surfaces with an antibacterial cleaner can be a pointless exercise if the kitchen cloth is contaminated with germs. Used for everything from wiping dishes to cleaning worktops, the average kitchen cloth or sponge has been identified as ‘the dirtiest thing by far in the kitchen’, according to Professor John Oxford, Chair of the Hygiene Council. In a survey, nine of out 10 dishcloths were found to have unsatisfactory levels of bacteria. A good alternative is to use disposal paper towels to wipe down surfaces as they can be binned immediately after use.
And let’s not forget about the kitchen fridge. In the workplace, fridges can be opened and closed numerous times per day as employees make the tea and coffee round whilst are used to store employee lunches. Don’t neglect the kitchen fridge and take the time to clean and disinfect it on the inside and out on a regular basis.
Bacteria on office keyboards
When was the last time you cleaned your keyboard? Chances are, it hasn’t been cleaned at all as people don’t tend to think about it as being particularly dirty. But, as keyboards can reportedly carry as many as 200 times the amount of bacteria found on a toilet seat, it’s important that they are regularly wiped down with a suitable antibacterial cleaner.
The bedroom is meant to be a tranquil area for rest and relaxation but you might not be so willing to rest your head if you knew your pillow was harbouring dirt, dead skin cells and dust mites. Advice by the Hygiene Council recommends weekly washing of bed linen and pillows at 60 degrees in order to kill dust mites and remove bacteria.
Avoid Germs & Stay Healthy with Citron Hygiene
The fact is that whilst we can’t avoid germs, we can all follow good hygiene practices and protect ourselves and those around us from infections and illnesses.
To provide the safest workplace environment for your staff and visitors, take the time to properly clean and disinfect your building. The Citron Sani-Defence Disinfect Service can help. Citron Hygiene can provide regular or one-off servicing solutions for your business. For more information please contact Citron Hygiene or call us on 08000 66 55 52.