Dr Dawn reveals the ‘dirtiest place in our homes’ that can cause illness with shocking data.
WE’RE ALL GUILTY of some unsanitary habits we’d rather not admit.
However, new research shows that 42% of Britons hide a “putrid practice” of forgetting to clean used household and technological items on a regular basis.
But, in terms of our health, what impact could this have?
Dr Dawn Harper, star of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, and LG Electronics are fighting back against some of the country’s most overlooked hygiene habits, claiming that it’s not just household surfaces that need to be cleaned to avoid some nasty health consequences.
According to a disturbing study, not cleaning technological devices like phones, keyboards, and earphones can lead to the spread of bacteria.
A staggering 91 percent of people forget to clean their earphones, despite the fact that a third of Brits wear them for up to two hours per day.
In fact, according to several studies conducted by Seniorliving, earphones can harbor 2,700 times more bacteria than a kitchen cutting board.
When bacteria levels are this high, it can cause illnesses like ear infections, which can lead to complications like hearing loss or infection spread in rare cases.
In addition to not wiping our technological devices, LG commissioned research that revealed the following startling findings:
According to the NHS, one common way for germs to spread is through clothing and towels, particularly if multiple people are using the same items.
Germs on our clothes and towels can come from our own bodies, according to the health organization.
Bacteria live on the surface of our skin, in our noses, and in our intestines.
Although most of these germs are harmless, some of them can cause infection, especially in people who have skin problems or wounds.
Underwear, as expected, is more likely to have germs on it than outerwear such as sweaters or trousers.
Underwear may contain germs from traces of feces (poo) and genital infections, such as thrush, because of the intimate areas that it protects and covers.
You can, however, pick up germs on your outerwear if you come into close contact with someone who is sick or clean up vomit.
If you handle contaminated food or brush against a soiled object, germs can get onto your outerwear and live for days on the fabrics.
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