Hidden in Dish Sponge, Cutting Board, Others.. Invisible Germs Threaten Your Life

By Salma Yassin

CAIRO, Feb 5 (SEE)- Pursuing a regular daily- house-cleaning routine doesn’t guarantee a healthy life, as germs and harmful bacteria, that can’t be seen by naked eye, are hidden and growing in some places causing dangerous diseases for all family members.

Assistant Professor of Microbiology in Faculty of Science at Al-Azhar University Dr. Amr Fouda told (SEE) that, wet places are more vulnerable to bacteria growth like dish sponges, cutting boards, toothbrushes, and bed pillows.

Fouda clarified that dish sponges are fertile environments for bacteria growth because of their permanent wetness which may cause skin disorder to house wives.

Hence, he urged women to clean sponges up directly after use, through putting them in boiled water for minutes then squeeze them well and set to dry, besides renewing sponges every 2 weeks or a month maximum.

In the same context, Fouda pointed out that microbes hidden in cutting board may transfer to food causing intestinal bacteria which vomit, diarrhea, and intestinal severe pain, are its main symptoms.

“Furthermore people with low immunity like babies and elderly people may suffer other deadly diseases”, he added.

Thus, Fouda advised the public to buy cutting boards of smooth surfaces with no protrusions or gaps inside, as these hidden extended little spaces allow harmful germs to grow safely.

Also, he confirmed boards should be deeply cleaned after use, using boiled water.

For toothbrush, Fouda advised the public to clean them by boiled water after every single use, then put inside its cover after it dry out.

The microbiology expert also said that bed pillows are wet most of the time; as they are exposed to human sweat especially in hot weather, so people must remove their covers and put them directly in the sun every couple of days.

About the most effective way to clean up toilets, Fouda confirmed the importance of sterilizing the inner edge of the toilet with its specific detergent.

A woman cleans a bathroom toilet with a scrub brush.

“Detergents’ excessive use boost microbes’ immunity leading to opposite effects by time, and also may cause chest diseases, eye irritation and skin disorders“, he warned.

Finally, Fouda recommended some general prevention advises to keep healthy life away from diseases like washing hands before and after eating, after going to the toilet, and after holding money.

Moreover, he confirmed the importance of keeping door knobs and laundry baskets clean and sterilized, besides getting rid of trash bins daily.

A final advice given by above mentioned specialist is, opening home windows every morning for aeration and letting sun rays come in, and finally cook all recipes well to kill any stuck microbes.

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