- In the letters there are more bacteria than in the bathrooms
No, those friends of yours who are barefoot when they enter the house and, even if they don't tell you in words, they implore you with the look that you leave your shoes on the landing, they are not paranoid. They do not suffer from an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to Howard Hughes. They may simply do so after considering the same thing as scientists such as the microbiologist at the University of Arizona (United States) Charles Gerba.
Well, Gerba revealed, in a study published in May 2008, that the sole of that footwear with which you walk on the parquet through which your baby crawls, for example, hides as many bacteria as your toilet. To be more exact, an average of 421,000 units. But there is still more because there are about 2,887 inside.
How did you get to that conclusion? Analyzing the crap accumulated for only two weeks in 10 pairs of new shoes used to walk around the city.
In 96% of the samples observed, this scientist found coliform bacteria, a group of microorganisms whose habitat is the intestines of humans and warm-blooded animals and usually 'reside' in the feces. That is, although we do not perceive it with sight, or with smell, the reality is that, in our day to day, we step on more poops than we think .
The good news (presumably) is that all that accumulated crap could be eliminated with a simple step through the washing machine, following the manufacturers instructions, using cold water and letting it dry in the open air for 24 hours. One recommendation, everything must be said, does not seem too practical in the case of the typical 'Castilians' of a lifetime. Much easier, leave the shoes on the house landing ... as do those friends of yours that seem so rare to you.
The health threat that lives in your sink
According to the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU), up to 96% of the scourers and 91% of the wipes we use in our homes are in poor hygienic conditions, which make them potential sources of infections. These are his recommendations to disinfect them:
1. Remove food scraps always after each use. Since bacteria need these nutrients.
2. Rinse with water and drain the utensils well after use. It is advisable to leave the cloth extended after each use.
3. Use water with 10% diluted bleach once a week to get an additional disinfectant treatment.
4. Periodically replace both scourers and wipes without waiting for them to be badly damaged. Additionally, it is recommended to have one for each use, store it in different places and even choose them in different colors to avoid confusion.
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