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Towels is the main source of bacteria in the house - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 November 2014 19:00

As it turned out, the perpetrators of the spread of bacteria in the house are the towels. To such conclusion the American researchers from the University of Arizona. And not only in the kitchen towels, bath towels can also spread pathogens.
The problem consists of two parts: firstly, towels retain moisture for a long period of time, which allows the bacteria to survive. Secondly, they are used in the most affected areas of the house.
A recent study by researchers from the University of Arizona showed that coliform bacteria - bacteria that are present in the feces, which can lead to outbreaks of food poisoning and diarrhea - are contained in 89% of kitchen towels and in 25.6% of the bath.


According to the researchers, kitchen towels are more likely to prove a source of bacterial contamination than any other household items. The thing is that they are used to wipe hands and surfaces that could come into contact with raw meat products.

"You can wash your food thoroughly, but when you dry your hands with a towel, you infect other products or bring your hands to your mouth and infect themselves - said study author Charles Gerba. - Bath towels also contribute to the spread of bacteria and viruses among family members who use same towel ".

Even ordinary towels in the bathroom should be used with caution, he added.

The experts say that the washing in the washing machine may not be enough to destroy the microorganisms living on the towels.

Professor Anthony Hilton, head of biological and biomedical sciences at Aston University, warned that washing towels at low temperatures does not always kill the bacteria. Many of these organisms are able to survive at a temperature of 37 degrees, and so wash with a temperature of 30 will not kill them, according to Mail Online.

It recommends the use of special additives to improve the low-temperature washing, which will kill the bacteria.


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