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5 surprising facts about hygiene

5 surprising facts about hygiene


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The conscious parent will not scrub the floor three times a day, vacuumed several times a week, reach for strong antibacterial agents and specifics to remove "germs". He will have knowledge that such activities are not beneficial to health. You also need to be moderate in cleaning.

Fortunately, Mother Nature thought it out well. Giving us children, it takes time. Thanks to this, the average mom or average dad living in a load of duties, there is no time to clean as often as required by the situation.

Antibacterial soap is not that good

About 75% of antibacterial soaps contain triclosan, a substance that is expected to have a negative effect on hormonal balance. The same ingredient can be found in some cleaning products, washing powders, deodorants and toothpastes.

In addition, although triclosan has been used since over 30 years, it is only in recent years that it has been proved its irritating effect on the skin or that it is to be the cause of contact allergy. Studies in mice have also been shown to affect thyroid hormone metabolism, contributing to hypothermia, and exhibit non-specific depressant effects on the central nervous system. In addition, triclosan in small amounts are detected in breast milk samples.

Is it worth reaching for antibacterial soaps? The FDA, the US Food and Drug Administration, said in a recent study that Antibacterial soaps are no more effective at preventing disease than ordinary soaps. And considering the above, their use carries a much greater risk.

Do you not get rid of dirt when washing?

Studies by Dr. Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, have shown that only one load of underwear in a washing machine can transmit a million E. coli (colon rods) bacteria. These can then be transferred to clothing the next time you wash, etc.

Is it possible to protect clothing against bacteria? It's quite difficult ... Scientists recommend running the washing machine at 95 degrees and transfer the laundry to the dryer as soon as possible, because bacteria multiply in wet rooms.

The most dirt in the bathroom

The bathroom floor can be home to two million bacteria per square centimeter, while more than 500,000 bacteria per square centimeter can only live in a sink, in pipes. Eileen Abruzzo, director of infection control at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, says the sink is much less hygienic than the toilet bowl. Plates and pots left to soak are breeding grounds for bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. Unfortunately, the Harvard School of Public Health has come to similar conclusions.

Better paper towels than a dryer

Dr. Rodney Lee Thompson, an epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic hospital, after many studies, concluded that paper towels are actually more hygienic than hand dryersand also consume less energy than needed to produce and heat the air in the dryer.

When testing the effectiveness between paper towels and warm air dryers, researchers at the University of Westminster found that paper towels are the cleanest way to dry your hands. Many benefits come from how quickly paper towels allow you to dry your hands, and leaving them wet makes them susceptible to bacterial invasion.

Paper towels allowed to dry hands in 15 seconds, while hand dryers guaranteed the same effect in 45 seconds. The drying time turns out to be too long, also considering that people usually spend only 13 to 17 seconds drying their hands.

Dirt protects against allergies

All extremes are bad, excessive cleanliness is also not recommended especially in homes where small children are raised. Toddlers acquire immunity due to contact with bacteria. Sterile conditions are conducive to the development of allergies, asthma and all autoimmune diseases.

An animal study was carried out which indicates that in a sterile environment, various diseases were more rapid and more severe. So sometimes it's worth being a bit 'lazy'? :)

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