Cleanliness is important to protect our family from diseases. But even if we clean our house everyday, germs and bacterias could still thrive in some parts of the home or in some items. The right thing to do is to determine where germs and bacteria are commonly found in the house.
The most common place in the house I know where germ and bacterias easily live is the kitchen. According to studies made by P&G they found 60% of germs in the refrigerator, microwave and kitchen faucet while the bathroom faucet has an 50% infection rate.
During the P&G Germ Academy press conference last week, I also learned a very interesting information about the dirtiest item inside the home. Would you believe that the phone receiver is the dirtiest item because it has an 80% infection rate?
In case you still don’t know other germ-infested items in the house are the light switch with 60% infection rate; TV remote and door knob with 50% infection rate.
Fomites, also helps in the transmission of disease. Fomites are objects that are capable of carrying disease-causing germs. Example are:
- Phones and Mobile Phones
- TV Remote Control
- Computer Keyboard
- Computer Mouse
- Sink Taps/Handles
- Sponges/Cleaning Cloth
How are disease transmitted?
- Pathogen falls on fomites (ex. phones, computer)
- Person picks up pathogen through contaminated fomite
- Person touches nose or eyes with contaminated fingers and become infected with pathogen
- Sick person sneezes, coughs and pathogen falls on fomites or get aerosolized
Cellphone is the dirtiest
Also during the event, P&G used a luminometer – a photometric device that detects a sample’s level of contamination – on some items like cellphone, identification card and watch from some attendees.
The result showed that the cellphone has more than 3,000 RLU (relative light unit), meaning it is the dirtiest of all. The safest measurement is 500 RLU and below.
Notice that we all use our hands to operate the things stated above and that means our hands are vulnerable to germs and bacterias. It is where the germs and bacterias are easily transferred and diseases are spread. To prevent diseases or infection Health Assistant Secretary Dr Eric Tayag, who was one of the speakers promoted frequent hand-washing.
We clean the floor, the sink or toilet and even wash our clothes using bleach or detergent bars. Some of us even use alternative cleaning agent such as vinegar and baking soda.
But, Moms did you know that even we use these cleaning agents, germs and bacterias could still survive? Yes. That is because the normal cleaning tools and practices are not effective to prevent germs.
It is BETTER to use disinfectants and products with ANTI-BACTERIAL properties because it really helps fight germs and bacterias and reduce the risk of infection by 99.9%.
Mr. Clint Navales, P&G Country Communications Leader, introduced P&G’s Antibac line cleaning system at the P&G Germ Academy. These products are Safeguard soap; Safeguard Anti-bacterial Handwash; Safeguard Body Wash; Joy Antibac Dishwashing Liquid; Ariel Antibac Detergent; Downy Antibac Fabric Softener
P&G also shares a few helpful tips that moms can observe in keeping the cleanliness inside their homes:
- Always prioritize maintaining good hygiene by taking a bath and washing hands, regularly changing clean clothes and using clean towels.
- Conduct regular cleaning of kitchen sinks to avoid accumulation of leftovers and residue build-up, which can serve as a breeding ground for germs. Also make sure that you clean the microwave, pans, utensils, and other kitchen items even though some of them are not being used regularly.
- Inside the bathroom, see to it that the cleaning products that you use for your skin are still good to use and not expired. Also make sure that you clean the bathroom sink, floor, walls, faucets, and other surfaces.
- Make sure that you clean your refrigerator regularly to avoid accumulation of germ build-up.
- Regularly disinfect the phone receiver as it accumulates the highest number of bacteria that transmits disease-causing germs.